Misha Glenny, McMafia:
A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld
W. Benjamin Skinner, A Crime So Monstrous:
Face-to-Face With Modern Day Slavery
Both Misha Glenny’s, “McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld,” and W. Benjamin Skinner’s “A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face With Modern Day Slavery” treat organized crime in the late 20th and 21st centuries. Unlike most of the books reviewed here, these two are directly related to my day job. I initially read both in 2009, while serving as the US Department of Justice representative in Bulgaria. I was there to assist the Bulgarians in strengthening their capacity to combat organized crime and especially one of its most virulent manifestations, trafficking in human beings. Glenny explains the globalization of organized crime networks since the collapse of the Soviet Union and Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, while Skinner delivers an impassioned exposure of the human trafficking phenomenon.
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