Summary of Moscow Madness

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

Moscow Madness book summary


6 Overall

4 Applicability

7 Innovation

8 Style


Journalist Timothy Harper has written an absorbing, detailed business saga. This intimate account chronicles the wild and frustrating adventures of U.S. businessman Rick Grajirena, an import-export entrepreneur in Russia’s new free-market economy. "It was not difficult for Grajirena to find prospective partners and possible deals. Indeed, when it became known that he was an American looking to buy and sell in Russia, all sorts of characters - some seemingly reputable, many obviously not - came forward with one scheme after another." In the midst of this colorful cast of characters, Grajirena shines as one of the "good guys" as he jumps into and out of the beer biz and ends up in health foods. He runs into every form of Moscow madness, from the mafiya to some basic cultural divides, and manages to thrive as well as survive. highly recommends this swashbuckling book. In fact, we can’t wait for the movie.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why entrepreneurial ventures were nonexistent in the former Soviet Union;
  • Why Russia has developed a culture of crime and corruption post-Communism; and
  • Why many Russians have a “can’t do” attitude.

About the Author

Timothy Harper  is a former Associated Press national writer and foreign correspondent. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and contributing editor for Delta Sky magazine. He has written several books about doing business in Europe, serves as an editorial consultant and writing coach, and is a partner in an award-winning microbrewery, the Brooklyn Brewery.



Business Unusual
Moscow madness is part comedy of errors and part tragedy. This crazed sense of being whipsawed results when anyone, native-born or foreign, tries to do business in the former Soviet Union. You find out very quickly that there’s no such thing as business as usual in Russia...

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

Contained in Knowledge Pack:

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category