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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press; First edition edition (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887842046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887842047
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 3.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Starred Review. Former BBC World correspondent Glenny (The Balkans, 1804–1999) presents a riveting and chilling journey through the myriad criminal syndicates flourishing in our increasingly globalized world, which make up as much as 20% of global GNP. Tracing the growth of organized crime—ranging from the burgeoning sex trade in volatile, postcommunist Bulgaria to elaborate Internet frauds in Nigeria—Glenny expertly combines interviews with key players, economic studies and sociological analysis. He argues that the chaos and political upheaval following the demise of communism in Eastern Europe, along with increasing demand in the West and the easy flow of money and people provided the perfect opportunity for organized crime to gain a foothold on the dark side of the globalizing economy. Glenny's achievement is in introducing readers to the less familiar aspects of global crime, from Kazakhstan's caviar mafia to the flourishing marijuana trade in British Columbia. Consequently, his interview subjects are equally varied: sex slaves in Tel Aviv, a co-conspirator in the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings and top Washington policy makers share the pages. Readers yearning for a deeper understanding of the real-life, international counterparts to The Sopranos need look no further than Glenny's engrossing study. 16 pages of photos; maps. 100,000announced first printing. (Apr. 10)
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...[McMafia is] a vividly recounted journey through a dozen of the world's most potent gangs, cartels and transnational mafias... (Wall Street Journal 2008-04-01)

...[McMafia] is a fascinating, highly readable take on the world's crime syndicates. (Vancouver Sun 2008-04-01)

...[McMafia] is crowded with the world's most ruthless and forward-thinking outlaws...[and] sets out to show how the process of globalization has given birth to a planet-spanning network of organized crime that mimics the growth, complexity, and entrepreneurial know-how of the legitimate economy. ( 2008-04-01)

...Glenny makes an effective case for [organized crime] becoming a truly global force... (Toronto Star 2008-04-01)

...horrifying but gripping...vivid and involving... (Daily Telegraph 2008-04-01)

...Immensely informative and more than slightly scary... (Washington Post 2008-04-01)

...sprawling, ambitious...[McMafia is] a reporting odyssey...its thesis is clear, compelling, and scary: the West may have declared war on terrorism, but organized crime is by far the more serious threat to our world today and one we ignore at our peril...Glenny's journey through the international underworld is, on the whole, a rich and illuminating one. (Christian Science Monitor 2008-04-01)

...demonstrating Glenny's courage, [McMafia] exhibits...characteristics of special importance...he provides insightful sociological perspectives... (Seattle Times 2008-04-01)

...immensely informative and more than slightly scary book describes in all too vivid detail...Glenny tells the dispiriting story...[and] locates both the problem and its solution... (Washington Post 2008-05-01)

[McMafia is a]...wildly ambitious tour of organized crime in the era of globalization. (New York Times 2008-04-01)

[Misha Glenny] tells a grisly story very well. (Sunday Times 2008-03-30)

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 2008-01-01)

Amid the gathering storm of international organized crime and gangster capitalism, Misha Glenny stands alone as a journalist who has ventured to the heart of the whirlwind and survived to tell the tale. The breadth of this story is staggering. His aim, deadly accurate. (William Marsden 2008-03-01)

For sheer enterprise...[Misha Glenny] is hard to beat... (New York Times 2008-04-01)

In this well-researched and riveting account, Misha Glenny dissects the international criminal organizations that run much of the world's economy and explains how the criminal underworld has benefited from and contributed to globalization. (Joseph Stiglitz 2008-03-01)

Misha Glenny travels the world like Dante on his voyage through the 'global shadow economy'...[McMafia] makes this trip through the nastiest parts of the world as gripping as it is important. (Daily Telegraph 2008-04-01)

Misha Glenny's eye-opening tour of the world's 'shadowing economy' of organized crime that has grown for two engrossing examination of international crime trends. (Kathleen Krog Scottsdale Tribune/The Miami Herald 2008-04-01)

This is the most important non-fiction book of the year...organised crime's version of Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser's bestseller about the junk-food industry. (Mail on Sunday 2008-03-01)

...[McMafia is] informative and eye-opening at every page. (Spectator (U.K.) 2008-05-01)

[Glenny's] book should be appreciated for the powerful wake-up call it is. Think of it as a Lonely Planet Guide to Organized Crime. Don't leave home without it. (Globe and Mail 2008-03-01)

[Misha Glenny] never lets the reader go, determined to shake us into realizing none of us are safe in the end from the tentacles of the new global underworld. Glenny, a former BBC correspondent, pulls off with aplomb what is always the biggest challenge for true-crime writers: making it matter...Glenny's book should be appreciated for the powerful wake-up call it is. Think of it as a Lonely Planet Guide of Organized Crime. Don't leave home without it. (Globe and Mail 2008-04-01)

Based on the author's skillful investigative journalism, this survey of international wrongdoing makes for fantastic reading that surprises on more than one occasion: Who knew that western Canada had more organized criminal syndicates per capita than any other nation?...A bracing, frightening ride... (Kirkus Reviews 2008-02-01)

Gripping. (Economist 2008-03-01)

If we're lucky, McMafia's terrifying tour of the violent underworld of globalized crime will force this issue onto the political agenda. (New York Post 2008-04-01)

Smart, serious, and highly readable. (Guardian 2008-03-01)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 22 2008
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Mr. Glenny provides a survey of criminal activity around the world and how it is benefiting from globalization as it occurred with the break up of the Soviet Union and the liberalization of international finance and commodity markets. Mr. Glenny talks of how organized crime has no allegiance to its country of origin. The Serbs were willing to allow weapons to their enemies in Bosnia, Croatia and Albania in exchange for oil during the early 1990s. Poppies have become an integral part of the Afghan economy, so important that the author does not feel the Taliban can be defeated so long as we allow criminal organizations to control it. Cannabis is a six billion dollar industry in British Columbia. U.S. officials are concerned about the sale of these products in their country yet B.C. pot accounts for only 2% of the marijuana sales in that country. The cartels in Columbia are making difficult the lives of peasant farmers as the militias they sponsor and which the government gives tacit approval seize their land under the auspices of fighting FARC, the communist freedom fighters. Criminal activity is said to account for between 15 and 20 percent of economic activity in the world. This is an issue that cannot be ignored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kuriosity . K . Kat on Aug. 20 2010
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Our world is smaller than people think and it is good to know about people whom are living with us on this planet. Not everybody can be on the up and up, so to speak, so if the news doesn't get through, then you need to read some books. I'm sure it can't have been an easy book to write as it is about people whom can be very powerful. I think everyone has a right to know about people whom are very powerful, just the same, since they can change things around us so abruptly and maybe not for the better. The environment suffers and we need to be able to get along with each other better for the sake of the place we all live in. An important and insightful book, I thought.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Kennedy on Dec 22 2009
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Very diverse, covers countries all over the globe as well as different types of crime. Very interesting book.
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