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The Dragon Syndicates: The Global Phenomenon of the Triads

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  8 reviews
With unflinching candor, Martin Booth -- Booker Prize nominee and author of the critically acclaimed Opium: A History -- here unfolds the full story of the Chinese Triads, which, according to UN sources, now pose the greatest potential criminal threat the world has ever known. From San Francisco to Amsterdam to Bangkok to Johannesburg, everywhere, everyday, the Triads are ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 18th 2001 by Basic Books (first published May 18th 1999)
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Kit Fox
Who doesn't want to know more about the Triads? Funny, when I went to check this out at my closest library (which is in Chinatown), the only copy they had was registered as being "lost." Hmm...
Olya Korzh
I recommend reading this book backwards. Start from the last chapter and make your way back in history.
Marilynn Larew
This is a hard book to review. There are at least two books in it, maybe more: the history of the Triads from 1644 to the end of WWII and the history of the Triads to the present in Hong Kong principally, but also wherever there is an Overseas Chinese presence. The Chiang Kai-Shek period is probably the most important. All of the work is extremely detailed, far too detailed for anybody but a scholar, and I am doubtful of many of his conclusions. Still, if you're looking for the Triads, this is t ...more
Paul Convery
The Dragon Syndicates was a book I almost gave up several times as I tried to struggle through the first 200 pages or so, but I am glad I stuck with it. It is an extremely well researched book, and the last 300 pages or so tell some really interesting, and sometimes disturbing stories about Triad activity in the last 100 years as they have spread around the world.

The issues I had with the earlier sections of the book are solely related to the vast amount of information that is included in the f
Shane Kiely
Interesting insights into the origins of the triads particularly in the context of Chinese history going back to the Zhou dynasty. The sheer level of information is a bit overwhelming & the multitude of predominantly Chinese names is difficult to keep track of. The book is also from 1999 & some of the references are a tad bit dated (video shop extortion, laser disc piracy, counterfeit CD Roms etc.). Still very worth a read.
Very interesting. I read it when it came out and haven't reviisted it. I'm not sure how relevant it is to today's readers.
Interesting to have some background on the Triads, but a little dry and too detailed for me.
A great book for reference and background on the Triads.
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Martin Booth was a prolific British novelist and poet. He also worked as a teacher and screenwriter, and was the founder of the Sceptre Press.
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