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McMafia by Misha Glenny
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Jul 16, 08

bookshelves: adult, just-for-fun
Read in July, 2008

This book grabbed me from the beginning due to my obsession with all things Eastern European. I learned of a "country" that doesn't really exist (Transnistria, a breakaway of Moldova) Lots about how criminals that you think don't like each other actually use those "hatreds" as excuses to work together (Serbs and Croats and Bosnians, anyone?)

Also, how war on drugs actually keeps organized crime flowing. If it were legal, nearly 60% of organized crime's income would be taken away. Yet another reason to legalize it.

In the end, however, I wasn't clear on the overarching theme of the book. Lots of cool anecdones, but to what end? I'm not sure......
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elissa What's with the obsession with all things Eastern European?

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