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Amazon Significant Seven, April 2008: In McMafia, Misha Glenny draws the dark map that lies on the other side of Tom Friedman's bright flat world. That connected globe not only brings software coders and supply-chain outsourcers closer together; it's also opened the gates to a criminal network of unsettling vastness, complexity, and efficiency that represents a fifth of the earth's economy, trading in everything from untaxed cigarettes and the usual narcotics to human lives and nuclear material. Glenny's a Balkans expert, and he begins his story there, with the illicit--but often state-sponsored--underworld that grew out of the post-Soviet chaos, but he soon follows the contraband everywhere from Mumbai and Johannesburg to rural Colombia and the U.S. suburbs. It's not just a hodgepodge of scare clips, though: Glenny reports from the ground but follows the leads as high as they go, showing how the dark and bright sides of the flat world are more connected than we imagine. --Tom Nissley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starred Review. Former BBC World correspondent Glenny (The Balkans, 1804–1999) presents a riveting and chilling journey through the myriad criminal syndicates flourishing in our increasingly globalized world, which make up as much as 20% of global GNP. Tracing the growth of organized crime—ranging from the burgeoning sex trade in volatile, postcommunist Bulgaria to elaborate Internet frauds in Nigeria—Glenny expertly combines interviews with key players, economic studies and sociological analysis. He argues that the chaos and political upheaval following the demise of communism in Eastern Europe, along with increasing demand in the West and the easy flow of money and people provided the perfect opportunity for organized crime to gain a foothold on the dark side of the globalizing economy. Glenny's achievement is in introducing readers to the less familiar aspects of global crime, from Kazakhstan's caviar mafia to the flourishing marijuana trade in British Columbia. Consequently, his interview subjects are equally varied: sex slaves in Tel Aviv, a co-conspirator in the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings and top Washington policy makers share the pages. Readers yearning for a deeper understanding of the real-life, international counterparts to The Sopranos need look no further than Glenny's engrossing study. 16 pages of photos; maps. 100,000announced first printing. (Apr. 10)
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great book, a great read for those interested in the dark side of global commercePublished 1 month ago by Brandon
I read this book a few years ago & was very impressed with the amount of info. in it & the author's style & quality of writing. If you like books re. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DeSade
Super interesting book. Glenny is a great writer and this account of how all those "barons of industry" popped up in the former communist countries is both intriguing and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by L. Novakovic
Oh my, who knew that the world was run by international Mafia's. Well researched, kept me interested.Published 12 months ago by Heidi Peters
Highly detailed, seems to be very thorough, and I would have found it easier reading if the links among countries along his theme had been more explicit, but a very important, and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by spider queen
Interested in reading about organized crime? This is where you should start. McMafia gives you a great overview about the different organized criminal groups around the world.Published 15 months ago by Centurion
Just the retelling of old stories that one could read in the newspaper. I bought this on a bad recommendation.Published 17 months ago by Dwight J. Worker