I don’t read as many books as I’d like to. But I just finished one of the biggest and best that I’ve read in a very long time. It’s left me cynical, angry and nearly hopeless – but naive no more. The book is McMafia by Misha Glenny and it’s a global view on the shadow economy that parallels and, in many cases, dwarfs the “licit” economy that everyone is hemming and hawing about these days.
Anyone interested in the way the world works would be wise to read McMafia. It reads like an entertaining briefing paper. It only briefly lost my interest in the section covering the Far East mafia – an area in which I have no knowledge. However, Glenny’s coverage of Latin America, Western Europe, the Balkans, Russia and the Middle East is riveting. I’ll never look at a pack of cigarettes, DVD or call girl in a hotel lobby the same way again.
For those in McMafia, it’s not commerce, it’s “bizness.”