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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Misha Glenny Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Like many other things, organized crime has been globalized. In McMafia, Misha Glenny discusses, among other groups, the Russian mafia, Colombian drug cartels, and Chinese labor smugglers, explaining how organized crime exploits the developing world's poverty, as well as new technologies. He makes clear that global crime and terrorism are rooted in the West's material affluence.

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  • A terrifying tour of the violent underworld of globalized crime. New York Post
  • Eye-opening…Engrossing. The Miami Herald
  • Besides demonstrating Glenny's courage, his book exhibits at least two other characteristics of special importance: First, he provides insightful sociological perspectives about why certain nations spawn especially widespread and virulent organized crime networks. Second, he explains how policies in certain nations (mainly, but not exclusively, the United States) generate unanticipated ripple effects in the structures of other nations' criminal underworlds…Searing. The Seattle Times
  • “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
  • Immensely informative and more than slightly scary. The Washington Post
  • A vividly recounted journey through a dozen of the world's most potent gangs, cartels and transnational mafias. The Wall Street Journal
  • For anyone who wants to understand the 21st century, this illuminating and page-turning book is essential reading.
    –Emma Thompson
  • Behind every great fortune,’ said Balzac, ‘there lies a great crime.’ Misha Glenny has updated this aperçu for our own time. Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great
  • A riveting and chilling journey . . . Readers yearning for a deeper understanding of the real-life, international counterparts to The Sopranos need look no further than Glenny's engrossing study. Publishers Weekly
  • 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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 2/14/2014

    " This book will make you look differently at everything from caviar to your laptop computer screen. It will break your heart on most pages if you let it. Its tales are dark, cold, often tragic, and the vast majority of its protagonists first-class assholes. Want to be clear -- it's a fascinating read, but fascinating in the same way Powers' A Problem from Hell or Guillermoprieto's Heart That Bleeds are -- the reader is given intimate glimpses from different places around the world at how inhumane, cruel and truly evil people can be toward one another. Every region is treated, with stories from Russia, the Balkans, Italy, Israel, India, the UAE, Pakistan, Africa, Colombia, Brazil, British Columbia, DC, Japan, China, and others. The reports on sex and labor trafficking will stay with me forever. Great reporting on Nigerian internet schemes, Chinese and Brazilian intellectual property theft, the Russian Mafia's penetration into Israel (and everywhere else), arms trafficking into Africa, the growth of marijuana production in British Columbia, extortion in Japan, corruption in China, etc. It's the print version of the movies Taken, Blow, Blood Diamond, Traffic, Lord of War, all rolled in to one. A few citations below provide a better feel for it: "The collapse of the communist superpower, the Soviet Union, is the single most important event prompting the exponential growth of organized crime around the world in the last two decades. Almost overnight, it provoked a chaotic scramble for riches and survival that saw virtually every citizen sucked into a vortex of violence...a new class of capitalists exploited the vacuum of power by seizing whole industries and raiding the state coffers." "Dubai had become so useful for terrorists, the super rich, the United States, dictators, Russian oligarchs, celebrities, Europe, and gangsters that, to paraphrase the nineteenth century French prime minister Talleyrand's observation about the Hapsburg Empire, if it didn't exist, the global elites would have to invent it." In the Congo: "A map of the main zones of conflict between the various armies and militias coincides with a map of the main concentration of the country's natural resources. They pillaged anything they encountered, be it timber, gorillas (8,000 out of a population of 11,000 were slaughtered, mostly sold as bush meat), copper, diamonds, and a little known compound called coltan. Eighty percent of coltan's global production is mined in the DRC...Coltan is an essential component in laptops, mobile phones, and video-game consoles. This begs serious questions about organized crime and its relationship to the "legitimate" economy. Ordinary people around the world may think that they have no relationship with transnational criminal syndicates, but anyone who has used a cell phone or a computer notebook in the past decade has unwittingly depended on organized crime for his or her convenience." "The rapacious desire to trade, to buy, to sell, to make money, long overtook any capacity of either the developed world or the developing world to regulate how one trades and how one might ensure similar ethical standards across the world. One may denounce corruption in the developing world and the developed world alike, but in the age when billionaires stalk a globe on which 50 percent of its people live on less than two dollars a day, can on really be surprised that customs officers, policemen, judges, politicians and bureaucrats are often tempted?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Neddal | 2/6/2014

    " Depressing as all hell but an important book I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hussein Bahgat | 1/24/2014

    " most amazing thrilling detailed book about organized crime "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Holly | 1/8/2014

    " I will seriously never look at stories like the disagreement between Russia and Ukraine over the gas pipeline or the recent attacks in Mumbai in the same way again. Glenny does a great job of differentiating between different criminal groups around the world, and while he doesn't have a lot of recommendations, I was left with the distinct impression that legalizing drugs and loosening restraints on immigration would go a long way towards helping the problem. "

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