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Mafia and Organized Crime

A Beginner's Guide

James O. Finckenauer

Famous for being ruthless, cruel, and cool, the Mafia has always captured the darker side of the imagination. Here, James Finckenauer debunks the myths surrounding the Mafia to reveal the harsh realities of global organized crime from Japan to Russia to Colombia. Despite popular appeal, these incredibly complex organizations destabilize society on a global scale, perpetuating untold economic, physical, psychological, and societal damage. Mafia and Organized Crime: A Beginner’s Guide provides vital insight into the real stories behind the world’s richest and most successful criminals.

  • Publication date: July 31, 2007
  • ISBN: 9781851685264
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Pages: 208
  • Publication date: December 1, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781780741659
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 232


"The book succeeds as a first rate introduction to several issues dealing with the Mafia and organized crime, but those who are well acquainted with these issues will also benefit significantly from Finckenauer's analysis and observations."
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James O. Finckenauer

James Finckenauer has written extensively on organized crime. He is a Distinguished Professor at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, and former Director of the National Institute of Justice, Washington DC.

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