- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (October 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425186873
- ISBN-13: 978-0425186879
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
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Red Mafiya Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2002
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And who shows up here? If you guessed Donald Trump, you win. Might fake news travel back in time? What was Trump doing in this story? He was having a very nasty guy (a guy who sent a very threatening and vulgar note to the author, reproduced in this book) living at Trump Tower, and Mr. Trump was also making money from (the author claims) some very nasty casino patrons. Now, unlike a bank, a residential complex and a casino lack certain "know your customer" laws to frustrate money laundering. (Some big well-connected banks have shown themselves selective in complying with those laws, anyway.) Of course, money laundering, we all know, never happens in foreigners' New York area real estate purchases, or casinos. All this means Trump's behavior (to the extent it is recited here, around page 132) may very well, on its face, be legal. But ethical? That, I suppose, is in the eye of the beholder. Let's say I would never take any of this money I see as blood-drenched (aside from passively receiving the benefits of capital flight into this system from sources we would rather not look at). But I'm just a common fool and a nobody, not a big player like the Trumpster. Surely Mr. Trump has displayed some interesting selectivity about which immigrants he seems to think are problematic or not.
Again, the trump name pops up at page 250, footnote, wherein "a top Russian crime figure in America, who once fought in North Vietnam for the Soviets," jumped bail on criminal charges and fled to Poland. "Before he fled ..., he turned over his mortgages for five pricey Trump Tower apartments to a Genovese [American mafia family] associate. The mortgages were liquidated and the funds were moved through a mafia-controlled bank in Manhattan's Chelsea." Well, certain people congregate around certain people. People are known by the company they keep, in business and not merely as personally. While certainly plenty of law-abiding people have or trade Trump Tower apartments, these do seem a status thing and almost a form of currency, a store of value, among a certain very sleazy global set. And this is our second White House?