“Brazen, irreverent, immodest, and rude, the eXile struggles with the harsh truth of the new century in Russia. . . . Since 1997, Ames and Taibbi have lampooned and investigated greed, corruption, cowardice, and complacency.” CNN
Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia
978-0-8021-3652-7 • $19.00 • Paperback • Mar. 2000
The eXile is the controversial biweekly Moscow tabloid founded by Americans Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi that Rolling Stone has called “cruel, caustic, and funny” and “a must-read.” In the tradition of gonzo journalists like Hunter S. Thompson, Ames and Taibbi cover everything from decadent club scenes to the nation’s collapsing political and economic systems—and no person or institution is spared from their razor sharp satiric viewpoint. They take you beneath the surface of the Russia that most Western journalists experience, bringing to life the metropolis that Ames describes as “manic, nihilistic, grotesque, horrible; and yet, in its own way, far superior to any city on Earth.”
This book is the inside story of how the tabloid came to be and how Ames and Taibbi broke their biggest stories—all the while playing hysterically vicious practical jokes, racking up innumerable death threats, and ingesting a motherlode of speed. It’s a darkly funy, take-no-prisoners profile of the sordid underbelly of the New World Order that you will never forget.