McMafia: Seriously Organised Crime Paperback – 5 Feb 2009
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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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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?
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.
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.
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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Took me a while to get through this as I've been preoccupied with other matters.
This book (seemed to me) thoroughly well researched and written to a reader who knows very... Read more
An absorbing read, very interesting and covers all the crime hotspots of the world , a lot of reading but it kept me interested all the way .Published 2 months ago by Loon