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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Misha Glenny Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780739359273
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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. McMafiawill change the way we look at the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/20/2014

    " I knew it was bad - organised crime in Europe, but this was too depressing to know. EU and Shengen has unlocked the doors to our country and homes for criminals so ruthless I should prefer not to know this. I have closed the book half read and given it back to the library. The book is really good - for persons wanting to be drepressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerald | 2/12/2014

    " Glenny is an exceptionally capable and thorough investigative journalist. This big book reads like a collection of magazine articles. Despite the clever title, which hypes the book wonderfully, there is no over-arching (pun not intended, but hey) criminal organization dominating the world's grayish-black markets. As the author explains in a thoughtful Epilogue, today's global situation fosters an organic, bottom-up growth of organized crime, caused by the dual factors of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the concurrent deregulation of Western financial markets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Wallace | 2/12/2014

    " I got a lot of arrows from this pointing to some interesting syndicates, but it unfortunately suffers for that same reason. Each of the sections would make a great solo project, but there's just too much atomization going on here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rory | 2/7/2014

    " Well the cover looked good... But seriously it took me a while to get into the pace of the author. A common problem I have with British writers. No Biggy though. Overall the book was informative. But I think I was expecting a Michael Lewis type take on the world of the illicit which it was not. Am I all the smarter for reading this? Yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ALI | 1/17/2014

    " organized crime in easy reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 1/13/2014

    " Despite the silly title, this book is borderline textbook-dense. The topic is interesting but the streams of individual names and background info, even though the chapters are short, made my eyes glaze over. I also found the jumps from place to place not very coherently tied together. But if you're looking for a series of academic-style case studies of organized crime in different settings, this is where you should turn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulo | 1/7/2014

    " An excellent, well-researched and detailed look at the unintended consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the globalization of financial markets on organized crime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donald | 12/25/2013

    " This is a dense, well-written, but ultimately boring and tiring book about global mafias. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 11/23/2013

    " Shitty setup. He could have done a much better job reviewing the topic... the actual content barely holds your interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrei | 11/10/2013

    " Useful, I hope to see it one day published in Russian "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 11/10/2013

    " A really good eye opener and fills in the blanks. A must read for anyone studying former east bloc developments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Circa 57 | 10/24/2013

    " A fast paced romp through the shady underworld of organised crime. An engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darran Mclaughlin | 9/23/2013

    " Superb study in the explosive growth in global organised crime and its symbiotic relationship with legitimate business and government. Fascinating and eye opening reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iniville | 8/23/2013

    " A bunch of loosely connected, but fascinating stories about the corruption mostly in Russia and Eastern Europe since 1989. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Blois | 5/26/2013

    " A good overview of how international organized crime works. No regrets in buying this book. Reads a bit like trivia at times, and perhaps could have covered more areas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob Huber | 5/22/2013

    " Very good insight into the world of organized crime "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 11/21/2012

    " An excellent book that takes you through the world and helps you understand how the illicit economy is so intertwined to the licit economy even when one things they are not involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 6/6/2012

    " A book that is related to / relevant for my job, I would recommend this as something to help everyone better understand the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Alberque | 9/17/2011

    " Holy Fuck. Glenny is a great journalist-writer, and this is a gripping, brilliant tale of why Russia is on its way to being the most corrupt society and corrupting influence in the world. Essential, in my line of work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/8/2011

    " Unbelievably researched. Funny, shocking and most of all, considered. A must read for anyone interested in what makes the criminal world go round, and how the smallest indulgences we take affect a lot of faceless and nameless people to varying degrees. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 3/27/2011

    " Despite, as has been mentioned, the poor choice of title, a great book. Start to finish, a world journey through the illicit economy with detail hard to imagine how the author developed. I was thinking "wow" every chapter, basically. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 3/12/2011

    " Pretty provoking - certainly raised my awareness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 3/8/2011

    " I got a lot of arrows from this pointing to some interesting syndicates, but it unfortunately suffers for that same reason. Each of the sections would make a great solo project, but there's just too much atomization going on here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 2/9/2011

    " Rarely do we realize how much the licit and illicit economy are intertwined. So much so that the very notion that we can rid the world of the illicit is more along the lines of Santa Claus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fabiano | 2/3/2011

    " An interesting and readable book concerning the globe-spanning and ubiquitous effects of organised crime on people, economies, the environment and corrupt governments (who it often seems are all too willing to play ball with gangsters). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 1/19/2011

    " Fascinating...like Freakonomics for organized crime. A really interesting read, it illustrates the connections and parallels between legitimate and illegitimate economies in ways that I haven't seen before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thebookmistress | 12/21/2010

    " Depressing as all fuck, but very impressive work, both wide-ranging and meticulous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 12/2/2010

    " A good overview of how international organized crime works. No regrets in buying this book. Reads a bit like trivia at times, and perhaps could have covered more areas. "

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About the Author
Author Misha GlennyMisha 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.
About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.