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Thursday 22 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

McMafia by Misha Glenny
is published in paperback
by Vintage at £8.99.

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Misha Glenny

Seriously Organised Crime

Misha Glenny: “If you want to do something about
organised crime, the quickest way to do it is
legalise drugs, or decriminalise.”

Have you ever illegally downloaded a DVD? Taken drugs? Fallen for a phishing scam?

Organised crime is part of all our worlds – often without us even knowing. McMafia is a journey through the new world of international organised crime, from gunrunners in Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, by way of drug syndicates in Canada and cyber criminals in Brazil.

Misha Glenny is a distinguished investigative journalist and historian. As the Central Europe Correspondent first for the Guardian and then for the BBC, he chronicled the collapse of communism and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He has won several major awards for his work, including the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting and is the author of five books, including the acclaimed McMafia and DarkMarket.

“Misha Glenny doesn’t just write books, he lives them” – John Kampfner, the Observer.

“Like a journalistic Indiana Jones he has travelled the world in search of his prey, displaying impressive stamina, intellectual chutzpah and physical bravery on the way… This is the most important non-fiction book of the year so far – organised crime’s version of Fast Food Nation.” – Mail on Sunday.

“To be regarded as one of the essential non-fiction works of our time. Exhaustively researched and reported, it’s sobering in the extreme, but also riveting, filled with exotic locations, staggering facts, acts of incredible brutality and colourful, if deadly, characters… Anyone with even the smallest interest in how the world really works should read this book.” – GQ.

“The great merit of Glenny’s book is that it does not just chronicle the foul deeds of international crime syndicates. It probes the imbalances and injustices that propel people and nations towards criminal behaviour… This, racy, well-researched and highly entertaining book should be essential reading for law reformers everywhere.” – Irish Times.

“His message is that the global marketplace has empowered criminals on a huge and terrifying scale… He tells a grisly story very well… A pacey, riveting, eye-opening account.” – Sunday Times.

“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… uncomfortable but compelling reading… You must read it.” – Literary Review.

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We are proud that Newham Bookshop is LoveReading’s Bookshop of the Month. The article features a Q&A with Vivian Archer, which you can read here.

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