A Rough Guide To The Dark Side Paperback – 31 Aug 2012
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Ever dreamed of changing the world? Daniel Simpson shows how not to do it.His memoir charts a gonzo career at The New York Times. Ambitious and idealistic, he was hired to report on the Balkans but quit within months, freaked out by his editor's zeal for starting wars. Disillusioned, Daniel went native in Belgrade. Together with the charismatic G, who'd appeared one night in lavish puffs of dope smoke, he decided to organize Serbia's version of Woodstock: a festival on an island in the Danube.Music could revolutionize the country. It was run by a wartime mafia, and most young people dreamed of leaving. But what if they made it Ibiza crossed with Glastonbury? To fund this transition, they hustled Daniel's contacts, but shady local businessmen had other ideas. Mr Big muscled in, and embroiled them with his henchmen.Why do good intentions go awry? With brutally honest humor, Daniel recounts his journey to the edge, and a desperate drug-fuelled quest for the truth. A Rough Guide To The Dark Side is a real-life trip through Balkan organized crime. More irreverent than McMafia, it has the vicarious kicks of Mr Nice and Shantaram, in the travelogue style of Bill Bryson or Tony Hawks, but with added bile and an overdose of hubris.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The author's own searchlight could equally be applied to many other western media miscreants, but he then turns it on himself, and is equally forthright. He openly admits his own societal sins, most specifically his search for drugs and consumption of them, their effects and his experiences in general, against the backdrop of a search to become the man he wants to be by taking on a new life path.
In taking this road, he is helped by the prospect dangled before him by a much-travelled new acquaintance (from Canada to London's Shepherd's Bush Green) that they create a cathartic rock festival in Serbia. This leads him to the third 'dark side' of his book, the hidden cronyism, money-making and manipulation of Serbia's post-Milosevic oligarchs, institutions and men of influence behind the scenes in the noughties. Much of what he describes could apply to many countries in Eastern Europe. He sees and feels things at first hand, but the insight into these galling experiences comes mainly through the eyes of his new Serbian business partner (who views such happenings in Serbia as the natural result and expression in European micro-scale of all that the western Powers have done in and outside Serbia.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Offbeat, funny and irreverent, A Rough Guide to the Dark Side tells the story of a crazy project to stage a huge rock festival in Belgrade. Read morePublished on 6 July 2013 by Liverpoolfan
A Rough Guide to The Dark Side is a perfect title for Daniel Simpson's account of his adventures in Serbia shortly after the end of the Balkan wars -- after all, it was a hell of... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2013 by D Crossland