McMafia

A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld

By Misha Glenny
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400095124, 375pp.)

Publication Date: April 7, 2009

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Description
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 dreams of newly opened markets. But no one could have foreseen that the greatest success story to arise from these events would be the worldwide rise of organized crime. Today, it is estimated that illegal trade accounts for one-fifth of the global GDP.
In this fearless and wholly authoritative investigation of the seemingly insatiable demand for illegal wares, veteran reporter Misha Glenny travels across five continents to speak with participants from every level of the global underworld--police, victims, politicians, and even the criminals themselves. What follows is a groundbreaking, propulsive look at an unprecedented phenomenon from a savvy, street-wise guide.



About the Author
Misha 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." During the early 1990s he was the central Europe correspondent for the BBC World Service, and in 1993 he won a Sony Award for his coverage of Yugoslavia. 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.
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