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Written by Misha Glenny

  • 400 Pages
  • 9780887848650
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology



Publication Date May 01, 2008

Drugs, weapons, migrant labour, women - these are just a few of the many goods that effortlessly cross national borders in this globalized age, often without the knowledge or permission of the nations concerned. How is this remarkable criminal feat managed?

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.

Internationally celebrated writer Misha Glenny crafts a fascinating, highly readable, and impressively well-researched account of the emergence of organized crime as a globalized phenomenon and shows how its secret and bloody business mirrors both the methods and the rewards of the legitimate world economy. Employing his journalistic talent and his prior experience covering organized crime in Eastern Europe, Glenny reports on his travels around the planet to investigate this worrying and worsening situation. After comprehensively surveying the criminal scene, Glenny ends by considering the future of organized crime. McMafia is an important book that assembles all the pieces of this worldwide puzzle for the first time.


Misha Glenny
Misha Glenny is the international bestselling author of McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld; DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and named a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book;The Rebirth of History; The Fall of Yugoslavia , which won the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Book on Foreign Affairs; and The Balkans: 1804–1999. He was an International Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He has worked as a political consultant in southeastern Europe, and is regularly consulted by U.S. and European governments on Balkan issues. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines such as the Guardian, London Review of Books, the Globe and Mail, the New Statesman, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times. He lives in London, U.K.