Book Reviews

The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade Andrew Feinstein (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011), 672 pages. In Shadow World, a book on the global arms trade, author Andrew Feinstein...

Draining Development? Controlling Flows of Illicit Funds from Developing Countries

Draining Development? Controlling Flows of Illicit Funds from Developing Countries Peter Reuter, editor. (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2012), 531 pages. News breaks that a developing nation’s...

Mafias on the move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories

Mafias on the move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories Federico Varese (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011), 278 pages. Federico Varese’s highly entertaining and vividly...

Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens

Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens Nicholas Shaxson (London: The Bodely Head, 2011), 329 pages. For decades, criminals of all stripes—from gunrunners to...

The Money Laundry: Regulating Criminal Finance in the Global Economy

The Money Laundry: Regulating Criminal Finance in the Global Economy J.C. Sharman (Ithaca: Cornell University Press), 224 pages. Those inclined to believe that financial malfeasance is widespread...

Mexico’s Struggle for Public Security: Organized Crime and State Responses

Mexico’s Struggle for Public Security: Organized Crime and State Responses George Philip, Susana Berruecos, eds. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 204 pages. Mexico’s Struggle for...

Informality and Illegality in the Exploitation of Gold and Timber in Antioquia

Informality and Illegality in the Exploitation of Gold and Timber in Antioquia Jorge Giraldo Ramírez and Juan Carlos Muñoz Mora (Medellín: Centro de Análisis Polí...

Gridlock: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai

Gridlock: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai Pardis Mahdavi (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011), 264 pages. In Gridlock, Pardis Mahdavi explores the social issues of labor...

Criminal Activity in a Globalizing World

Transnational Crime and the 21st Century: Criminal Enterprise, Corruption, and Opportunity Jay S. Albanese (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 158 pages. In the early twentieth century, the U....

Hidden in Plain Sight: An Anthropology of the Global Criminal Underworld

Dark Logic: Transnational Criminal Tactics and Global Security Robert Mandel (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2011), 255 pages. Over the last two decades, the global shadow economy...

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