A groundbreaking investigation of how illicit commerce is changing the world by transforming economies, reshaping politics, and capturing governments.In this fascinating and comprehensive examination of the underside of globalization, Moises Naim illuminates the struggle between traffickers and the hamstrung bureaucracies trying to control them. From illegal migrants to drugs to weapons to laundered money to counterfeit goods, the black market produces enormous profits that are reinvested to create new businesses, enable terrorists, and even to take over governments. Naim reveals the inner workings of these amazingly efficient international organizations and shows why it is so hard -- and so necessary to contain them. Riveting and deeply informed, "Illicit" will change how you see the world around you.
About the Author
Moises Naim is a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an internationally syndicated columnist. For more than a decade he was the editor in chief of "Foreign Policy" magazine and under his leadership, the magazine was relaunched, won the National Magazine award for General Excellence three times, and became one of the world s most influential publications in international affairs. He also served as Venezuela s Minister of Industry and Trade and as executive director of the World Bank. He holds a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and lives in Washington, DC.
“Naím succeeds in presenting a clear account of how illicit commerce works and what its consequences are...he sheds light on one of the most powerful forces shaping today's world.” –Time
“Naím has gathered and sifted an astonishing range of information...Illicit is important reading for anyone struggling with the inadequacies of the "war on terror.” –The Washington Post Book World
“Intellectually invigorating and accessible...it’s not solely bullets that are changing the world.”–USA Today
"Mr. Naím's ambitions are encyclopedic. If someone, somewhere is trying to get something over on their government, he wants to chronicle their evasions"–New York Sun