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Misha Glenny, in McMAfia, provides a general overview of the rise of organized crime over the past twenty years. She covers every point of the globe, inserting historical background, economic context, and sociological insights. The book will be an eye opener to those who have yet to be introduced to the dark side as Glenny presents it. The book is well written, very informative and aptly read by John Lee.
Other books available through Audible which I have heard and which flesh out topics covered by Glenny might be of additional interest.
The Informant by Kurt Eichewald - an abridgement telling the story of one person's experience as a whistle blower and the ADM price fixing scandle.
Ivory Ghosts - The story of the ivory trade historically and in contemporary context.
Snakehead - the smuggling of undocumented native Chinese from Fujian province into New York city in the 1980s and 1990s.
Havana Nocturne - English's tale of the mob in pre-Castro Cuba.
Gomorrah - Saviano's gripping account of Naples and the rule of the Cammora crime network. Don't miss this one.
Murder City - Charles Bowden - the decay of Ciudad Juarez and mob activity.
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Did you know that organized crime is responsible for an estimated 15 to 20% of the world GDP (counting tax evasion)? Or that narcotics accounts for about 70% of criminal profits, with energy, guns, prostitution, and gambling making up the bulk of the rest? I didn't know any of this - and I'm not sure I'll be able to think about "the economy" ever again in the same way. Written by a journalist, but with an insiders perspective and a novelists sense of character and pacing, McMafia is one of the best books I read in 2008.
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