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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099481251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099481256
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Like a journalistic Indiana Jones he has travelled the world in search of his prey, displaying impressive stamina, intellectual chutzpah and physical bravery on the way.... This is the most important non-fiction book of the year so far - organised crime's version of Fast Food Nation" (Mail on Sunday)

"To be regarded as one of the essential non-fiction works of our time. Exhaustively researched and reported, it's sobering in the extreme, but also riveting, filled with exotic locations, staggering facts, acts of incredible brutality and colourful, if deadly, characters.... Anyone with even the smallest interest in how the world really works should read this book" (GQ)

"The great merit of Glenny's book is that it does not just chronicle the foul deeds of international crime syndicates. It probes the imbalances and injustices that propel people and nations towards criminal behaviour... This, racy, well-researched and highly entertaining book should be essential reading for law reformers everywhere" (Irish Times)

"His message is that the global marketplace has empowered criminals on a huge and terrifying scale.... He tells a grisly story very well... A pacey, riveting, eye-opening account" (Sunday Times)

"This is a big, noble book by a proper reporter who travels the world and gives the Mr Bigs of global crime a poke in the eye... uncomfortable but compelling reading... You must read it" (Literary Review)

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'a chilling world tour of organised crime.'

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I can't think what the publishers were thinking by putting such a garish, tasteless cover on this book. Are they trying to fool those who buy trashy crime novels? Anyone caught out in this way will possibly find the going a bit tough, even though this is an exteremely accessible book to those with half a brain (I modestly include myself in this category!)

The problem though is that possibly like me, anyone with said half a brain will be instantly put off by the cover and not give it a go.

Well let me assure you; This book is a must read if you have any interest at all in current world events, real crime or just great journalism.

This is scary stuff and serves to make the point that just about everything you touch nowadays is tainted somewhere along the line by death and corruption.

Although written before the current credit crunch, mauch of the content here is uncannily prescient about where the world was going and may yet go.

And there are some great stories in here for those "watercooler moments". Outdo those going on about "The Wire" with some real life horror stories out of this book.

I am giving this book 6 stars but it has to lose one for THAT cover so see how I get to give this a 5 star review?
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As other reviewers have pointed out, the cover is awful, must qualify for the accolade of Worst Cover of the Decade. One reason why it's so bad is because it gives a very poor picture of what the book is about. Whereas in contrast the title gives a concise and snappy description of exactly what the book is about, which is essentially the internationalisation and branding of high-level crime in the first decade of the 21st century - a McDonalds-ing of Mafia-ism, very clever.
You really need to read the book to get an idea of precisely what this means and how it has come about.
I found Glenny's writing a bit disjointed and his grammar in need of some good copy-editing in places, so this is not an elegant or satisfying read, but he makes his points compellingly, it is journalistic information above all else.
Whether his facts are thoroughly accurate, how am I to know? But whether they are are not, there's lots here to learn and ponder over.
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This exploration of the rise of international crime - a kind of sinister version of globalisation - had me riveted. Glenny is an experienced journalist and knows how to tell a story well, capturing the reader from the off with an account of a bizarre, seemingly random shooting in the Home Counties, using this to illustrate how the old boundaries of organised crime are breaking down and shifting to allow new patterns to emerge. It's a judicious mix of facts and figures, enlivened with real life material to keep the pages turning. A warning though: some of the latter are quite disturbing. Ludmilla's story of how she was duped into the sex trade by a phone call from a friend cost me more than one sleepless night, for example and there are others almost as lurid.

Glenny's work illustrates how crime, like any other business, expands into new markets as they emerge. The world is a smaller place and not just for tourists. Nowadays, you're as liable to be ripped off by scammers from Nigeria or Brazil as have your phone pinched by the friendly neighbourhood mugger. On a sober sidenote, he supplies at least two examples of how the removal of the "right" kind of crime lord - men who supply law and order as well as drugs and counterfeit DVDs - only leads to chaos and the emergence of a hundred less desirable replacements. Sometimes, leaving well enough alone is the best solution it seems.
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An in depth story of transnational organised crime! Gives a good understanding of how this works, which was what I wanted! probably a little out of date now with all the changes to the world order and cyber crime in recent years, but it tells how these crime organisations adapt quickly to take advantage of changing times.
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This provides a good geography lesson of global organised crime and deals with about 40 countries, though many peripherally. The book intersperses detail with policy and it mostly works, though oddly the author demurs from providing a description of how triads dealt with Brazilian informers and other deliberate narratives are also short on detail. There were some oddities such as the omission of maps and the photograph of Mia Mista is not specifically referred to in the book itself. The book feels like it lacks structure as it sashays across the globe and the section on the future of organised crime is tiny. The staged cover photographs grated after a while but all in all it is a good engrossing book.
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I've read similar books before, generally they've been a collection of anecdotes from various characters in the criminal underworld and the effects and repercussions of their actions. Although I expected no more of them and they entertain in their own way, this book is a different beast entirely.

It is a little slow starting and to be fair and not for someone after something akin to the above, but some of the stories of various underworld figures and their collaborations despite differences of race, language and even at times of war against one another in pursuit of the mighty dollar...

Also highlights how blurry the line often is between legitimate daily business and illegal dealings; how hard they are to distinguish and how inter-related they are.

Can be heavy going but a thoroughly interesting read; don't be put off by the cover!
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