McMafia: Crime Without Frontiers by Misha Glenny - review by John Sweeney

John Sweeney

Laughing all the Way to the Money-Launderers

McMafia: Crime Without Frontiers

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This is a big, noble book by a proper reporter who travels the world and gives the Mr Bigs of global crime a poke in the eye. His grand thesis is that we need effective world government to deal with the globalisation of money-laundering, drugs, arms-dealing and narco-trafficking. One is inclined to say: fat chance.

Misha Glenny was the BBC reporter in Yugoslavia in 1990 who prophesied gloom and was taken aside by the thought police and told to cheer up. Glenny was proved right as Tito’s old Yugoslavia splintered apart, and some of the best writing in the book concerns the Balkans mafia.

Glenny argues that that the opening up of world capital markets in the late Eighties and Nineties signalled the start of an enormous party for crooks and cheats the world over, and that the mass of ordinary, honest people will continue to suffer and lose out until global governance, demanding

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