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House of Anansi Press


A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld

Written by Misha Glenny

Published February 20, 2018 | ISBN 9781487003494

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Regular price $22.95 CAD

400 pages | 9.25 in × 6 in
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About this book


A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld

Misha Glenny

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.

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, 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, and racketeers in Japan, McMafia builds a breathtaking picture of a secret and bloody business. 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.

About the Author

Misha Glenny

Misha Glenny is an award-winning journalist and scholar. He lives in London, England. Visit Misha Glenny's website: Follow Misha Glenny on Twitter:

Awards and Praise

Praise for Misha Glenny and McMafia:

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"[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

"Gripping." — Economist

"Smart, serious, and highly readable." — Guardian

"[Misha Glenny] tells agrisly story very well." — Sunday Times

"…[McMafia is] avividly recounted journey through a dozen of the world's most potent gangs, cartels and transnational mafias…" — Wall Street Journal

"…[McMafia] is a fascinating, highly readable take on the world's crime syndicates." — Vancouver Sun

"…[McMafia] is crowded withthe 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." —

"…Glenny makes an effective case for [organized crime] becoming a truly global force…" — Toronto Star

"…horrifying but gripping…vivid and involving…" — Daily Telegraph

"…Immensely informative and more than slightly scary…" —Washington Post

"…sprawling, ambitious…[McMafiais] 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

"…demonstrating Glenny's courage, [McMafia] exhibits…characteristics of special importance…he provides insightful sociological perspectives…" — Seattle Times

"[McMafia is a]…wildly ambitious tour of organized crime in the era of globalization." — New York Times

"For sheer enterprise…[Misha Glenny] is hard to beat…" —New York Times

"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

"Misha Glenny's eye-opening tour of the world's 'shadowing economy' of organized crime that has grown for two decades…an engrossing examination of international crime trends." — Scottsdale Tribune/The Miami Herald

"[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

"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

"…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

"…[McMafia is] informative and eye-opening at every page." — Spectator (U.K.)

  • Short-listed FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book Award, 2008
  • Commended Globe and Mail Top 100 Best Books of the Year, 2008
  • Short-listed Lionel Gelber Prize for World's Best Book on International Affairs, 2009