Misha Glenny's fascinating McMafia investigates the spread of transnational crime since the break-up of the Soviet bloc, illustrating the role of illegal economy in today's global equilibrium.
The fall of the Wall and of comunism together with a deregulation process, started off in the '80s with Ronald Reagan's and Margaret Tatcher's liberal policies, are Mc Mafia author Misha Glenny two of the main reasons for the globalisation of organised crime.
At the dawn of a new world concept of business and trade, post Soviet Union countries found themselves unprepared to manage the transition and vulnerable in their economic circle. These were the conditions, according to Mc Mafia, in which illegal criminals and syndicates found a fertile ground for infiltrating a trade chain that was about to become global.
Approximately one fifth of global wealth derives from the black economy. Profits and investments from the trafficking of weapons, drugs, human beings run freely as never before in human history. Misha Glenny tells about the merging occured in the past 20 years of criminal economy into the legal one. From London to San Paolo, passing through Moscow, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Mumbai, Dakar, Tokyo and many other cities, Mc Mafia is an intense journalistic on field investigation.
It is a journey across continents in which all actors take the floor: victims, instigators, bosses and shady figures who find in the grey area their natural habitat.