For many people, the Mafia is synonymous with organized crime, but due to the constant efforts of the government and law enforcement agencies for the past 30 years, the traditional American mob has suffered setbacks. This has created openings more than amply filled by a variety of other criminal organizations hailing from many countries around the world, and though the names and faces may change, many of the rackets remain the same.
Sure to entertain and inform, The Encyclopedia of International Organized Crime is the first comprehensive reference to organized crime in the global era and the world's most notorious crime syndicates. Whether their business is counterfeiting, prostituting, gambling, smuggling, extorting, or thieving, this book covers all the major criminal groups, their origins, their practices, and their place in the global underworld in more than 450 entries.
Exposed here are Asian gangs such as the Yakuza, the Triads, and the Tong; the Jamaican Posse of the Caribbean; the drug cartels of South America; the Russian Mafia; and other powerful world criminal leaders. Not only is each of these groups a significant criminal power in its home territory, but many have also infiltrated the American underworld. This fascinating look at the world's most active international criminals will provide hours of informative reading for anyone interested in criminology and organized crime.
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About the Author(s)
Carlo DeVito has been a publishing executive for more than twelve years. He has worked in such companies as Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and McGraw-Hill, and currently is the Associate Publisher of Running Press Book Publishers. He has written many magazine stories for Mirror Publications magazines—including cover stories on John Daily, Shaquille O’Neal, the Dallas Cowboys, and Garth Brooks—and he is the author of The Ultimate Dictionary of Sports Quotations from Facts On File.
Jerry Capeci is the foremost U.S. expert on the Mafia and has written scores of news articles about crime and the mob. He is the author of several books and writes regularly about crime on his website.