Organized Crime: An Inside Guide to the World's Most Successful Industry

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Looking at the characteristics, resources, and strategies of organized crime from around the world and the social, political, and economic context in which they function, Organized Crime provides a fascinating and in-depth account of the criminal underworld and its inhabitants. From Al Capone and Pablo Escobar to the lesser-known Russian, Chinese, and Southeast-Asian crime figures, this is an insider's guide to each organization's origins, codes of conduct, and control of illegal markets-and the law-enforcement ...
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Overview

Looking at the characteristics, resources, and strategies of organized crime from around the world and the social, political, and economic context in which they function, Organized Crime provides a fascinating and in-depth account of the criminal underworld and its inhabitants. From Al Capone and Pablo Escobar to the lesser-known Russian, Chinese, and Southeast-Asian crime figures, this is an insider's guide to each organization's origins, codes of conduct, and control of illegal markets-and the law-enforcement agencies and justice systems around the world that try to stop them.

Author Biography: Paul Lunde lived for many years in Italy and as a young man had long-standing connections with Chicago. He has long been interested in the structure and spread of organized crime, both in the pre-modern and contemporary world, and its relationship with power structures.

Lunde currently lives in Seville.

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KLIATT - Ernie Cox
Modeled on the well-established and popular layout of the Eyewitness Books series, Dorling Kindersley has introduced a new collection of high-interest titles about spying, organized crime, forensic science, and the Special Forces. Each volume begins with a definition and history of the topic. The length of these introductory sections varies from a couple of pages in Crime Scene to over 100 pages in Ultimate Special Forces. Large historical sections in Ultimate Special Forces and Ultimate Spy offer detailed coverage spanning the world wars through to the current "War on Terror." These robust sections use historical photography, maps, and facsimiles of documents to engage readers. Remaining sections are organized to fit the unique aspects of each theme. From equipment used in spying to the stages of forensic science investigation, each title provides a good balance of visual data alongside written text. Most volumes include indices, glossaries, and timelines. While the Ultimate Insider's Guides share a similar format with Eyewitness Books, one thing that sets them apart is their coverage of mature themes. Organized Crime includes detailed reports of human trafficking, extortion, bribery, prostitution, and violent crime, accompanied by explicit documentary photography. Glossy covers and vivid photography may draw reluctant high school readers. This series offers an accessible means for the exploration of four high-interest subjects by older readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789496485
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Lunde lived for many years in Italy and as a young man had long-standing connections with Chicago. He has long been interested in the structure and spread of organized crime, both in the pre-modern and contemporary world, and its relationship with power structures.

Lunde currently lives in Seville.

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Table of Contents

What is Organized Crime? 6
Defining Organized Crime 8
Organized Crime Activities 18
Exploiting the Human Condition 20
Supplying the Illicit 28
Extortion and Protection 38
Manipulating Money 44
Organized Crime Groups 52
The Sicilian Mafia 54
Other Italian Groups 74
Organized Crime in Britain 78
The Russian Mafiya 84
Organized Crime in Albania 92
The Yakuza 94
The Triads and the Tongs 106
The American Mafia 118
Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs 172
The Mexican Cartels 176
Yardies and Posses 180
The Medellin and Cali Cartels 182
Index 188
Acknowledgments 192
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