Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Former BBC World correspondent Misha Glenny takes us on a tour of the flourishing world of global organized crime, and explains how it influences our lives in many unexpected ways. His new book is McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld.


Misha Glenny

Comments [7]


Can Misha Glenny comment on the influence of gangstas like Isaac Babel's early 20th century Odessan "Benya Krik"? The stories are brilliant, but I've always wondered how much truth was involved in the narrative. Babel's "tough jew" reminds me of the Albanian narrative, where you're kept out of the larger economy, so you turn to crime.

Apr. 16 2008 12:33 PM
hjs from 11211

by the way there is a show on 13 tonight about this called 'Illicit: The Dark Trade' ch 13 8pm

Apr. 16 2008 12:31 PM
hjs from 11211

counterfeit goods sold on the streets of NYC mind you. purses and such

Apr. 16 2008 12:29 PM

This is a great and revelatory show, Leonard. The idea that the Balkan conflict is rooted in organized crime is amazing, and fits in with what I'd read about China - that the leader of the Green Gang in Shanghai had a good deal to do with the rise of Mao. And Chiang Kai-shek and all the Chinese leaders were always dependent on the gang leaders, for centuries.

Thanks as always, Leonard, I can't imagine WNYC without you.

Apr. 16 2008 12:28 PM
hjs from 11211

what about counterfeit goods controlled by the Chinese army?

Apr. 16 2008 12:28 PM
Jonathan from Brooklyn

Is there any benefit or good which comes from organized crime? Hollywood and the media love to romanticize organized crime, but I would be curious as to what your research has shown.

Apr. 16 2008 12:27 PM
Publius from Washington Heights

Speaking of international intrigue, Mr. Glenny sounds exactly like the character Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) in Hitchcock's "North By Northwest."

Apr. 16 2008 12:17 PM

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