McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld

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House of Anansi, Jan 19, 2009 - Organized crime - 400 pages
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Drugs, weapons, migrant labour, women these are just a few of the many goods that effortlessly cross national borders in this globalized age, often without the knowledge or permission of the nations concerned. How is this remarkable criminal feat managed?From gun runners in the Ukraine, to money launderers in Dubai, cyber criminals in Brazil, racketeers in Japan, and the booming marijuana industry in western Canada, McMafia builds a breathtaking picture of a secret and bloody business.Internationally celebrated writer Misha Glenny crafts a fascinating, highly readable, and impressively well-researched account of the emergence of organized crime as a globalized phenomenon and shows how its secret and bloody business mirrors both the methods and the rewards of the legitimate world economy. Employing his journalistic talent and his prior experience covering organized crime in Eastern Europe, Glenny reports on his travels around the planet to investigate this worrying and worsening situation. After comprehensively surveying the criminal scene, Glenny ends by considering the future of organized crime. McMafia is an important book that assembles all the pieces of this worldwide puzzle for the first time.
 

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User Review  - TheAmpersand - LibraryThing

A fast-paced tour through the new global criminal underworld that's as informative as it is entertaining. Glenny has done both his research and his footwork, and much of the research that went in to ... Read full review

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User Review  - BrendaRT20 - LibraryThing

I couldn't put this book down. Absolutely riveting account of the development of the Eastern European mafia after the fall of Communism. V. interesting about the drug trade in the Americas too. Read full review

Contents

Part II Gold Money Diamonds and Banks
97
Part III Drugs and Cybercrime
209
Part IV The Future of Organized Crime
285
Epilogue
343
Acknowledgments
347
A Note on Sources
351
Index
355
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Misha Glenny is the international bestselling author ofMcMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld;DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and named aGlobe and MailTop 100 Book;The Rebirth of History;The Fall of Yugoslavia, which won the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Book on Foreign Affairs; andThe Balkans: 1804-1999. He was an International Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He has worked as a political consultant in southeastern Europe, and is regularly consulted by U.S. and European governments on Balkan issues. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines such as theGuardian,London Review of Books, theGlobe and Mail, theNew Statesman, theWashington Post, and theFinancial Times. He lives in London, U.K.

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