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McMafia by Misha Glenny
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May 27, 2008

really liked it
Read in January, 2008

Good overview of what's going on in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, Japan, China... While reading this book, especially the parts about the former Soviet Union, I kept thinking that it's also probably a good look ahead of what it'll be like in the US post-collapse in a couple of years. This review from the UK Guardian is what sold me:

A photograph in this book shows three men in swimming costumes at some
resort. They are all capaciously built - two of them have pronounced
breasts - and they swagger with power and arrogance. Around their necks
they sport chains of bling, so massive they would shame even the most
extravagant rapper. The caption reads: 'Bulgaria's nascent capitalist class
gathers for its annual general meeting.' The words might be ironic, but
there is something genuinely disturbing, even mildly terrifying, about the
image. It speaks of a sort of ruthless consumption, an appetite for stuff
that knows no moral, aesthetic or sensible bounds. You look at it and think:
"I wouldn't want to be in the way of what they want."

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