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McMafia by Misha Glenny
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I heard this guy on NPR and he described all these nefarious characters he had met while being a BBC reporter. His thesis on the NPR show was that organized crime has globalized with the rest of the world economy and is that much more nimble and frightening.

The book was another story though. It's written in this frenetic and casual way that is constantly interspersed with heavy handed editorializing. Instead of telling a bunch of entertaining true crime stories he details the connections between Moldovan gun merchants, Russian oligarchs wintering in Dubai, and Nigerian email scammers. If you can stay awake through the description of this spiderweb, he then berates you and your society personally by putting all the blame for third world crime at the feet of the West. Maybe some people are just bad people? But no, he has the gaul to insult the victims of one mafioso who claimed he was forced into crime because he wasn't eligible for med school in the soviet union.

Still, crime is interesting.
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