A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld

Book - 2008
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With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the deregulation of international financial markets in 1989, governments and entrepreneurs alike became intoxicated by forecasts of limitless expansion into newly open markets. No one would foresee that the greatest success story to arise from these events would be the globalization of organized crime. Current estimates suggest that illegal trade accounts for nearly one-fifth of global GDP. McMafia is a fearless, encompassing, wholly authoritative investigation of the now proven ability of organized crime worldwide to find and service markets driven by a seemingly insatiable demand for illegal wares. Whether discussing the Russian mafia, Colombian drug cartels, or Chinese labor smugglers, Misha Glenny makes clear how organized crime feeds off the poverty of the developing world, how it exploits new technology in the forms of cybercrime and identity theft, and how both global crime and terror are fueled by an identical source: the triumphant material affluence of the West. To trace the disparate strands of this hydra-like story, Glenny talked to police, victims, politicians, and members of the global underworld in eastern Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, China, Japan, and India. The story of organized crime's phenomenal, often shocking growth is truly the central political story of our time. McMafia will change the way we look at the world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Knopf : 2008
ISBN: 9781400044115
Branch Call Number: 364.106 G487m
Characteristics: 375p illus


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Jan 15, 2015

Criminal syndicates make up as much as 20% of global GNP. Misha Glenny describes their activities around the world. Highly recommended.

shaniserobinson May 29, 2012

mc mafia changed the way i looked at the world i live in today!

RockCastle Aug 08, 2009

Japanese Pachinko profited as much as auto industry did!

Oct 05, 2008

lots of bad guys out there


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shaniserobinson May 29, 2012

"peace keeping force"

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