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Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  179 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
This is the true story of the Russian mob's astonishing infiltration of American business, politics, finance, and professional sports. With a $100,000 contract on his life, investigative journalist Robert I. Friedman has dared to expose the best-kept secret in the world.
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published November 29th 2009 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2000)
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Dec 13, 2007 Jessmccoy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: russophiles
Damn, this book was scary. A complete history of how the Russian mob arrived in America and a profile of its activities up until the year 2000. Written by a journalist, with a flair for the sensational, so some of it was a bit tiresome.

But it was frightening to see how widespread the influence of the mob is, and how deeply ingrained in Russian government, commerce, banking, etc. I'm completely fascinated by how screwed up Russia is. And I'm trying to figure out why I'm so attracted to crime sto
Oct 17, 2012 Janna rated it really liked it
When I realized that all these mafia guys are coming from the same place where I was born and grew up, I could not believe it. It is scary to think how much capacity for cruelly a human brain is able contain! The book is documentary and the events and people, creating these events are captured as they took place. The author obviously is a very courageous man, who put at risk his life reveling details of very dangerous for the society and for him and his family people.
Sep 05, 2008 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is great and a quick read. It is only 250 pages, but it is amazing and frightful on what is happening.

I saw this book being discussed on TV on like the History Channel and thought it would be interesting. I am glad I picked it up.
Travis Heermann
Nov 18, 2013 Travis Heermann rated it liked it
This books is a frightening glimpse into the Russian mob and how it got a foothold in the West. It feels scattershot at times, and I was hoping for a little more information about the mafiya's inner workings, but the author clearly knew what he was talking about.
Feb 07, 2008 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
Another favorite on the international red mafia invasion.
Feb 13, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a higher star rating than it probably deserves. It's scattered, as if Friedman is trying to cram as much as possible into the book about all the different crime figures he knows. You can feel Friedman racing. He was: he had contracted a rare disease while on assignment for Vanity Fair in the slums of Bombay and was dying as he wrote this. Although, given his ballsy way of handling himself when confronting Russian mobsters, I'm not wholly convinced they didn't get him in the end. ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Sheridan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utter rubbish, not even good fiction, utter rubbish. Was this written in Tel Aviv? Utter rubbish, sensationalist, dim witted, unbalanced, what other adjective is needed to describe this tripe? Will someone please write an accurate, balanced, objective book that does not seek a salaried cheque from a friendly police force's friend? Such a deadly serious topic deserves honest attention but it is the thing that such honesty is rare and quietly hidden.
Aug 02, 2011 Andrew added it
Good investigative journalism, but kinda dry. Too much banking and not enough decapitations.
Kit Fox
Nov 30, 2007 Kit Fox rated it liked it
Up to and including both the hydrogen bomb and that gnarly-ass flesh-eating bacteria, few things on this planet seem scarier than the Russian mafia.
Christine H
Mar 28, 2015 Christine H rated it liked it
Easy, quick read. Kind of interesting, but like reading an extended newspaper article.
Jan 09, 2015 Scott rated it it was ok
How do you say: "Fughed aboud' it!" in Russian?? ;) Friedman does a decent job of outlining the history of the Russian mafia from the age of the czars through WWII and the cold war. How the tough and resilient "thieves in law" system bred of an ascetic culture and clannish ties came to increasing power through Soviet corruption and subsequent "openness" in a post cold war world, was interesting to read about. The biggest surprise for me was the chapter regarding Russian mafia ties to the NHL and ...more
A very good book on the evolution of the Russian Mafia in America. It tells how they came to America before and after the fall of the Soviet Union the various godfathers, and the most notorious scams and crime that they committed. It also tells of law enforcements attempts to stop and imprison them and the methods they use to avoid arrest.
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Mar 05, 2015 Reanna rated it liked it
Maybe 3.5 stars.

While it was very interesting, it felt scattered like it couldn't stay on one topic long. It just jumped between random subjects.
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