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Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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. 100,000 announced first printing." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A] vividly recounted journey through a dozen of the world's most potent gangs, cartels and transnational mafias." Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Glenny sets a fast pace as he races from one criminal hot spot to another....For sheer enterprise he is hard to beat." William Grimes, New York Times
"A bracing, frightening ride through a dark world experiencing 'a vigorous springtime.' " Kirkus Reviews
"A bravura piece of globe-trotting reportage, McMafia traces the origins and maps the reach of every major known transnational criminal network operating in the 21st century...engrossing." San Franciso Chronicle
" 'Behind every great fortune,' said Balzac, 'there lies a great crime.' Misha Glenny has updated this apercu for our own time." Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great
"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
"[Glenny] provides insightful sociological perspectives about why certain nations spawn especially widespread and virulent organized crime networks." Seattle Times
"There is no end to the unsavory characters in Misha Glenny's eye-opening tour of the world's 'shadow economy'....[An] engrossing, if somewhat unsettling, examination of international crime trends." Miami Herald
"Glenny's journey through the international underworld is...a rich and illuminating one." Christian Science Monitor
About the Author
Misha Glenny was educated at Bristol University in England and Charles University in Prague. He is also the author of 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, 1804-1999. He has contributed to most major U.S. and European newspapers and current affairs magazines and is regularly consulted by U.S. and European governments on Balkan issues. Misha Glenny lives in London.
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