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McMafia: Seriously Organised Crime Paperback – 14 Dec 2017
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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)
About the Author
Misha Glenny is a distinguished journalist and historian. As the Central Europe Correspondent first for the Guardian and then for the BBC, he chronicled the collapse of communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He won the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting. The author of five books, including the acclaimed McMafia and Dark Market, he has been regularly consulted by the US and European governments on major policy issues and ran an NGO for three years, assisting with the reconstruction of Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo. He now lives in London.
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The author makes a fine case for opening up the shadow economy to prevent capital flight and replace lost revenue of the state
Whereas the drama focused on a certain Russian family, the book covers a wide range of organised criminal gangs worldwide, including Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, India, Africa, etc. They are engaged in all sorts of illegal activities, including drug trafficking, human (women) trafficking, commodity smuggling, cyber crime, etc.
It is amazing how pervasive and profitable organised crime is. These criminals appear to be able to operate globally with impunity, affecting a large number of people. The author does not give any suggestion how to tackle the problems. One wonders how can authorities control them? My own impression is that there is not much they can do and are prepared to do about them.
Regardless, this is a more than interesting read about seriously organised crime around the globe. The book was written some years ago, so many of the statistics may well be out of date, but Glenny (who clearly carries out very extensive research for his book, with much travel involved) is an excellent writer who knows how to tell a good story.
The book covers crime in many countries ranging from Ukraine to Colombia and across to Nigeria, Japan and China.
Thank you Mr. Glenny for a very entertaining and scary read !
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