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Rogue Economics

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What do Eastern Europe's booming sex trade, America's subprime mortgage lending scandal, China’s fake goods industry, and celebrity philanthropy in Africa have in common? With biopirates trolling the blood industry, fish-farming bandits ravaging the high seas, pornography developing virtually in Second Life, and games like World of Warcraft spawning online sweatshops, how...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Seven Stories Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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This book touched on a wide range of subjects, so it'd be most useful as:
-An introduction to the rogue economy and how it's interweaved with legal goods and services.
-A refresher for readers who've already read about these issues.

Similar books that tackle individual issues in greater detail:
-McMafia by Mischa Glenny, on organised crime
-Knockoff by Tim Philips, on counterfeit goods
-The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier, on global poverty
-The World Food Problem by Howard Leathers, on aid efficacy
This book is a classic case of an author taking on more than he/she should. Napoleoni posits that "rogue economics has resurfaced because the world is experiencing a profound transformation, perhaps the biggest in history." Yet, she doesn't really drive that point home because she gets caught up in far too many case studies. In 336 pages, she discusses the manifestation of rogue economics in Eastern European prostitution, the Italian mafia, Post-Wall Berlin, communist China, virtual worlds, fish...more
أشكر الكاتبة لوريتا نابوليوني على كتابها هذا, فقد كشفت فيه العديد من الخُدع الّتي تُسيّر الإقتصاد العالمي اليوم, سمّتها الإقتصادات المشبوهة, كيف لتجارة الرقيق الأبيض و المخدّرات و المَضاربة و القرصنة ... كيف استطاعت هذه الإقتصاديات المشبوهة أن تبني بعض الأمم و تهدم أخرى.

خَلُصت لوريتا في الأخير إلى أنّ الحلّ يكمُنُ في ضرورة البدء بتطبيق التّمويل الإسلامي كبديل للنّظام الإقتصادي الحالي الّذي أثبث ضُعفه و إضعافَهُ للمستوى المعيشي للانسان, اقتصاديا, أخلاقيا, سياسيا و على مختلف الأصعِدة.

كتابٌ لا يُمل...more
Luca Mauri
Il libro parla sostanzialmente di criminalit��, legalizzata o meno. Dei comportamenti pi�� abietti di alcune classi di persone, dell'ipocrisia e dello sfruttamento. Di tutto questo da la colpa a una entit�� chiamata Economia canaglia. Che cosa sia questa cosa misteriosa non �� dato di sapere. E' come un presagio che aleggia su tutto il libro, ma non viene spiegato. Apparentemente l'autrice pensa che tutti i mali del mondo siano da attribuire all'organizzazione economica, come se dappertutto l'ec...more
This book was pretty intense...I had to return it to the library and so skimmed some sections. It talks about how democracy creates and actually allows rogue economics to flourish. Napoleoni references several countries throughout recent history who become democratic, and whose underground networks and slavery simultaneously explode. Germany at the fall of the Berlin Wall (blossomed a huge sex slave industry), Italy and the mafias that began there and are now all over the world, the gangs from c...more
this is a good and interesting book. I was torn to give it 4 stars. I struggled to get into it and i got lost at the end. that is why only 3 stars.
I bought this book because of the reviews on the back that compare it to Freakonomics and Fast Food Nation, two books that I thought were really great. However, Rogue Economics was not. Napoleoni definitely thinks a lot about the issues she covers, and does a lot of research, but she just doesn't write in a way that makes me feel like I should care about these issues. Her arguments are weak and strange, and her language is often vague. There were some interesting parts about the "Second Life" co...more
Mharper Harper
The book covers a diverse range of topics within underground economics and is thought-provoking. However, the writer often seems to go off on far-left wing rants as if she couldn't help herself. I'm center-left and found some of it irritating- like how the Marshall plan was laid out to economically enslave, and so on. Not that she doesn't have a point but the argument runs thin and the anti-Americanism gets tiresome. Even though I like some of the topics she was covering; the book's politics and...more
Johannes Kristinsson
Although this is not a faultless book, it is written with vigor and a considerable amount of knowledge. It serves as a wake-up call for everyone who acknowledges the dark side of globalization (which actually has it's positive sides) and, more importantly, liberalization of a block of diverse countries leading to a gold rush of oligarchs and other sharks. She sort of hopscotches between subjects, which although not strictly by the book of economy scholars, leads to a refreshing read, teaching us...more
The main idea is that there's a force called rogue economics which emerges at times of upheaval, but the evidence the author amasses is weak. Her use of statistics is transparently disingenuous, and she seems to want to drag a lot of irrelevant material in as well. For example, in ranting about how low-fat foods are as full of calories as high-fat equivalents, I agree with her but I don't see how that has anything to do with the subject matter; people are gullible - so what?
Rachel Bayles
This book goes for a broader reach than Maonomics, and mostly hits the mark. She brings a complexity of thought to a variety of issues, and writing in her second language (?) that's nothing to scoff at. But the first half is much tighter than the second half, which takes on a hopscotch quality, and then ends abruptly. She is pointing out some deeply important ideas in her body of work, and making them accessible to a popular audience.
A worthwhile read. She reveals the underbelly of runaway globalization and greed. Namely, corruption and criminality in a desperate,underground economy. Well written, although rather bleak as she offers no solutions or alternatives. Still, an important read.
كتاب بديع، غزير المعلومات و الحقائق .اسلوب الكاتبة في تناول مجمل مواضيع و أفكار الكتاب كان منظما و شيقا، و الترجمة أيضا كانت رائعة. أنصح به وخاصة لدارسي الاقتصاد و المهتمين به .
Catherine Gentry
Mar 09, 2010 Catherine Gentry rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Want to understand where we are in history. This is a good overview of the economic realities of our out of balance world.
Interessante, ma è più che altro uno spunto per successivi approfondimenti.
Nice but whirlwind tour about the forces of rogue economics.
Liam Michael Sweeny
The underground global economy in a peek. Great!
It changed the way I look at the world..
Loretta makes this book a great read.
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bellissimo e sconvolgente!!
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