McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld

Category: Book
By (author): Glenny, Misha
Subject:  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
  TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime
  WEIRD / True Crime
Awards: Globe and Mail Top 100 Best Books of the Year (2008) Commended
Lionel Gelber Prize for World's Best Book on International Affairs (2009) Short-listed
FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book Award (2008) Short-listed
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Published: December 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 9.25in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*

Now a major television series starring James Norton (War & Peace, Happy Valley) and created by Oscar-nominated screenwriter and film director Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman in Black), co-produced by BBC, AMC, and Cuba Pictures. Other cast members include David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Good Night, Good Luck), Faye Marsay (Love Nina, Game of Thrones), Juliet Rylance (The Knick, Frances Ha), Aleksey Serebryakov (The Method, Leviathan), and Maria Shukshina (Yolki 3, Terrorist Ivanona).

In this powerful and groundbreaking work, award-winning author and journalist Misha Glenny takes us on a journey through the new world of international organized crime. Tracing the history of the shadow economy over the last twenty years, Glenny exposes the nexus of crime, politics, and money that has come to shape and inform the post–Cold War era. From gun runners in the Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, cyber criminals in Brazil, racketeers in Japan, and the booming marijuana industry in western Canada, McMafia builds a breathtaking picture of a secret and bloody business that now accounts for 20 percent of the world's GDP. Glenny conducted countless interviews with police, victims, politicians, and members of the global underworld in eastern Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, China, Japan, and India to uncover the story of organized crime's phenomenal, often shocking growth. This edition features a new chapter reflecting on the expansion of McMafia culture in the past decade and its infiltration of major institutions of the global elite - including the most powerful centres of government - brought to light by revelations such as WikiLeaks and the Panama Papers.

Fascinating, highly readable, and impressively well-researched, McMafia exposes the dark side of globalization and the future of organized crime.

From The Publisher*A brand-new edition of the international bestselling exposé on global organized crime, featuring a new chapter on the expansion of McMafia culture, and soon to be a major-network TV series.
Review Quote*...[McMafia is] a vividly recounted journey through a dozen of the world's most potent gangs, cartels and transnational mafias...
Review Quote*...[McMafia] is a fascinating, highly readable take on the world's crime syndicates.
Review Quote*...[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.
Review Quote*...Glenny makes an effective case for [organized crime] becoming a truly global force...
Review Quote*...horrifying but gripping...vivid and involving...
Review Quote*...Immensely informative and more than slightly scary...
Review Quote*...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.
Review Quote*...demonstrating Glenny's courage, [McMafia] exhibits...characteristics of special importance...he provides insightful sociological perspectives...