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Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats Are Hijacking the Global Economyby Moises Naim
Synopses & Reviews
Pick up a newspaper anywhere, any day, and you will find reports of illegal migrants, drug busts, smuggled weapons, and laundered money or counterfeit goods. Illicit trades are booming and so are the traffickers’ revenues—and their political influence. Hamstrung bureaucracies in rich and poor countries alike are losing the battles against these agile, well-financed, politically powerful, and ever-shifting networks of determined individuals. Religious and political zeal drive terrorists, but it turns out that simple profit is no less a motivator for political upheaval and international instability. Black-market networks are stealthily transforming global politics and economics.
Filled with fast-paced, vivid examples that are as real as they are surprising, Illicit shows how we got to this dangerous point—and stresses the interconnections between these illegal enterprises, how they endlessly recombine to breed new lines of business, distort the economy of entire countries and industries, enable terrorists and even take over governments. From pirated movies to weapons of mass destruction, from human organs to endangered species, drugs or stolen art, Illicit reveals the inner workings of these amazingly efficient international organizations and shows why it is so hard—and so necessary—to contain them.
Illicit offers a fresh, ingenious and compelling vision of this untold story of globalization. It provides a powerful new lens with which to assess how today’s world really works and where it may be headed. Illicit will surely ignite urgent debate at the highest levels—and change the way you think about the world.
From the Hardcover edition.
The editor and publisher of Foreign Policy magazine provides a thought-provoking look at how smugglers and traffickers, backed by powerful, well-financed networks, have affected the global economy, examining the interconnections among a variety of such illegal enterprises and their operations and emphasizing the need to stop them. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
"A groundbreaking investigation of how unlawful commerce is changing the world by transforming economies, reshaping politics and capturing governments. In this fascinating and comprehensive examination of the underside of globalization, Moises Naim illuminates the struggle between traffickers and the hamstrung bureaucracies trying to confront them. From illegal migrants to drugs to weapons to laundered money to counterfeit goods, the black market produces enormous profits that are converted to create new businesses, enable terrorists, and even take over governments. Naim reveals the inner workings of these amazingly efficient international organizations and shows why it is so hard--and so necessary--to contain them. Riveting and informed, Illicit will change how you see the world around you."--Publisher's description, back cover.
About the Author
Moisés Naím is the editor of the influential magazine Foreign Policy, published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Under his leadership, Foreign Policy has gained wide recognition for its cutting-edge articles, winning the 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Naím holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. from MIT and was the Minister of Industry and Trade in Venezuela, as well as an Executive Director of the World Bank. His columns are regularly carried by some of the world’s leading publications, such as The Financial Times, Newsweek, El País, and Corriere della Sera.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
The wars we are losing — Global smugglers are changing your world — Small arms and loose nukes — No business like drug business — Why is slavery booming in the 21st century? — The global trade in stolen ideas — The money washers — What do orangutans, human kidneys, garbage, and Van Gogh have in common? — What are governments doing? — Citizens vs. criminals — Why we are losing — What to do? — The world ahead.
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