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Amazon Significant Seven, April 2008: InMcMafia, Misha Glenny draws the dark map that lies on the other side of Tom Friedman'sbright flat world. That connected globe not only brings software coders and supply-chain outsourcers closer together; it's also opened the gates to a criminal network of unsettling vastness, complexity, and efficiency that represents a fifth of the earth's economy, trading in everything from untaxed cigarettes and the usual narcotics to human lives and nuclear material. Glenny's aBalkans expert, and he begins his story there, with the illicit--but often state-sponsored--underworld that grew out of the post-Soviet chaos, but he soon follows the contraband everywhere from Mumbai and Johannesburg to rural Colombia and the U.S. suburbs. It's not just a hodgepodge of scare clips, though: Glenny reports from the ground but follows the leads as high as they go, showing how the dark and bright sides of the flat world are more connected than we imagine.--Tom Nissley
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ISBN-10:  1400044111
ISBN-13:  978-1400044115
Author:  Misha Glenny
Genre:  Nonfiction
Publisher:  Knopf
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review by . April 16, 2011
A real eye-opener
   I've read a good deal about globalization, but never realized how the same trends that underlie trade and consumption and for some, wealth generation, were also supporting a horrific, criminal system that reaches all parts of the world. Former BBC reporter Misha Glenny provides a chilling overview of the many types of illegal activities that are facilitated by globalization, including sex trafficking, drug smuggling, trading in endangered species and even human slavery, to name …
review by . May 16, 2008
Misha Glenny took on a great task in attempting to provide an overview of organized crime around the world. On the whole, he does a good job in describing the nature of organized crime in various countries. Glenny makes it clear that virtually every nation has organized crime and that it is intertwined to one degree or another with government. This incestuous relationship is not news; rather the news is the growing scale of organized crime.     The subject matter of each chapter …
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