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McMafia : a journey through the global criminal underworld /

by Glenny, Misha.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2009Edition: 1st Vintage books edition.Description: xx, 375, pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781400095124; 1400095123; 9780525564430.Subject(s): Organized crime | Transnational crime | International economic relations | Smuggling | Globalization
Contents:
Foreword to the Vintage edition -- Introduction -- Part I. The fall of communism. Death of an American -- Bloody lucre -- The Mafiya : midwives of capitalism -- Spreading the word -- Part II. Gold, money, diamonds, and banks. Aliyah -- Xanadu I -- Xanadu II -- The theater of crime -- Black and white -- Part III. Drugs and cybercrime. Buddies -- March of fear -- Code Orange -- Part IV The future of organized crime. The overunderworld -- The future of organized crime -- Epilogue.
Summary: 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 expansion into newly open markets. No one could foresee that this would lead to the globalization of organized crime. This book is an investigation of the 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, the author 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.
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"With a new foreword"--Cover.

Originally published: 2008.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Foreword to the Vintage edition -- Introduction -- Part I. The fall of communism. Death of an American -- Bloody lucre -- The Mafiya : midwives of capitalism -- Spreading the word -- Part II. Gold, money, diamonds, and banks. Aliyah -- Xanadu I -- Xanadu II -- The theater of crime -- Black and white -- Part III. Drugs and cybercrime. Buddies -- March of fear -- Code Orange -- Part IV The future of organized crime. The overunderworld -- The future of organized crime -- Epilogue.

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 expansion into newly open markets. No one could foresee that this would lead to the globalization of organized crime. This book is an investigation of the 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, the author 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.

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