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McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld Paperback – April 7, 2009
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“A smart, outraged, and vividly described whirlwind tour of criminal conspiracy…. Clear, compelling, and scary.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
“Glenny's obsessive interest in his subject is infections, and his colorful writing and eye for detail give [McMafia] the feel of a juicy tell-all.”
—The Washington Post
“Riveting. . . . Provides insightful sociological perspectives about why certain nations spawn especially widespread and virulent organized crime networks.”
—The Seattle Times
“Daring. . . . A bravura piece of globe-trotting reportage.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“A terrifying tour of the violent underworld of globalized crime.”
—New York Post
—The Miami Herald
“A vividly recounted journey through a dozen of the world's most potent gangs, cartels and transnational mafias.”
—The Wall Street Journal
For anyone who wants to understand the 21st century, this illuminating and page-turning book is essential reading.
“‘Behind every great fortune,’ said Balzac, ‘there lies a great crime.’ Misha Glenny has updated this aperçu for our own time.”
—Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great
“A riveting and chilling journey . . . Readers yearning for a deeper understanding of the real-life, international counterparts to The Sopranos need look no further than Glenny's engrossing study.”
“In this well-researched and riveting account, Glenny does for crime what he did for the Balkans. He dissects the international criminal organizations that run much of the world’s economy and explains how the criminal underworld has both benefited from and contributed to globalization.”
—Joseph Stiglitz, author of Making Globalization Work
About the Author
MISHA GLENNY is the author of DarkMarket, McMafia, The Rebirth of History, The Fall of Yugoslavia (which won the Overseas Press Club Award in 1993 for Best Book on Foreign Affairs) and The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804–1999. He was a BBC Central Europe correspondent—he covered the fall of Communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia—and has been regularly consulted by the U.S. and European governments on major policy issues. He lives in London.
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The author, Misha Glenny, shatters any illusions that globalization will isolate and marginalize criminal enterprises. Sometimes the most significant effect of globalization is to allow local crime access to more markets. This occurs in the illicit drug industry and tragically with prostitution. Glenny also covered money laundering, Internet frauds and the sale of every category of contraband.
In cases where crime gangs are not part of the government, there is almost always strong potential for government to put a stop to abhorrent practices. Motivation is often lacking due to corruption. Progress may happen in the long run through international organizations and public awareness, yet at some point the state has to take sides.
I wasn't aware of some of the major global crime that Glenny writes about. For example, I learned that Dubai is not what it seemed. It's the global center of money laundering on a grand scale, apparently. Also, I hadn't appreciated the extent to which the war on drugs has failed and is wasteful. What a boondoggle. I recommend this book to anybody interested in world affairs.
This is when I developed an interest in why all this criminal activity happened in countries where the people were not natives. It only made sense to read this book once I saw it.
What I read scared me. The books starts with the roots in East European countries where the void of the KGB was filled with random players who were, if it were possible, even more sinister and cruel. They beat unwilling girls into submission and sexual slavery and portions of the book are so graphic as to be difficult to read. The text talks about the remarkably lucrative trade of trafficking in humans. It talks about developing new, wider ranging and interconnected criminal businesses in much the same way that legitimate businesses also seek new markets and expand and increase their earnings.
This is really a scary book.
The internet unleashed a lot onto mankind, both good and bad. The bad including fiscal and carnal depravity of unmeasurable consequences.
Also the language is ridiculously pretentious. Instead of saying something is difficult the author has to use an obscure mythological creature.