Best organized crime true accounts according to redditors

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u/gekogekogeko · 189 pointsr/todayilearned

Point of order: I'm an investigative journalist who has written a book on organ trafficking and done extensive research on the Falun Gong claims. The Chinese openly admit that they use the organs of executed prisoners for transplants, and there have been numerous independent investigations that have shown that those bodies have ended up in a variety of products--from the Bodies exhibits, to tendon and bone transplants to living organs. When I interviewed former Falun Gong prisoners back in 2010, several of them admitted to me that they were blood typed by a team of doctors--presumably to test them for organ compatibility.

I wrote about this, and other sorts of organ trading networks in my book "The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers"

u/genida · 55 pointsr/worldnews

There are plenty of books on the matter.

Putin has been the gatekeeper of oligarch wealth since he took power. They're all obscenely wealthy, and he's backed up closely by the FSB. It'd take a lot for any of them to turn on him, and a lot more for them to survive the aftermath.

Russia is what happens when the secret police allies with organized crimed and takes over. They're not corrupt politicians, they're criminals who stole a country.

u/dougbdl · 50 pointsr/Foodforthought

They absolutely played a major role. Read up on the subject. Pardue Pharma was moving MILLIONS of pills through backwater West Virginia pill mill towns with populations of 5,000. The lines were so long people would have pizza delivered while waiting. The town of Kermit, WV pop. 392 had their pill mills sell 9,000,000 opiate pills. This is 433 pills for every man. woman and baby in WVA.

Fuck these wholesalers, pill mills and manufacturers. Fuck their greed. Fuck their profits. They have imprisoned countless people in lifelong addictions for a better stock price. They have killed people to get their bonuses. They have destroyed towns, communities and families so they could get their BMW's. They have shifted BILLIONS onto the taxpayers to clean up this mess as much as it ever can be cleaned up. They should be sued to oblivion.

Just like the average Nazi guard didn't feel responsible for 6 million dead Jews, none of these corporate evildoers feel responsibility for this massive body count. But they participated and kept the profits. Stop defending them with "may have". They DID.

u/George_E_Hale · 32 pointsr/japan

>Doesn't mean they aren't the most violent and hated syndicate in Japan, though.

This. The yakuza gumi and their "acts of kindness." These groups are very good at maintaining the image of public-conscious servants, all the while running extortion rackets, keeping a hand in human trafficking, loan sharking, and all manner of embezzlement, not to mention strongarm and intergang violence.

Recommended reading: Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld

I just hate to read articles like this where people view them through such rose-colored lenses. It's naive and plays right into their purpose.

Mind you, they do keep control of petty crime. Some of the most "crime free" areas are yakuza districts, but then this is often the case with any organized crime group.

u/Waazum · 31 pointsr/france

Le Mexique, c'est le capitalisme sauvage. Je lance mon entreprise multinationale et je suis actionnaire. Je met en place une stratégie marketing et je recrute des financiers pour gérer les investissements. Chaque année je surveille mon bilan et mon compte de résultat. Je recrute aussi des auditeurs pour vérifier les comptes. En cas de concurrence qui fait baisser mes marges, je les élimine.

Lire le fascinant ouvrage Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel.

Même le capitalisme déclaré est particulièrement dégueulasse dans ce pays. Prenons l'exemple de Coca-Cola. Le taux d'obésité est hallucinant dans ce pays. L'entreprise a vidé tout l'eau du pays, fais de la pub dans les écoles, et elle a pris le contrôle du gouvernement Mexicain :

>Mexique : un pays colonisé par « Coca-Cola »

>Le Mexique est le premier pays consommateur de Coca-Cola dans le monde et représente à lui seul plus de 40% des ventes de la marque en Amérique du Sud. Diabète, obésité, hypertension mais aussi assèchement de certaines régions, les conséquences négatives pour le pays sont nombreuses. Julie Delettre, réalisatrice de : « Mexique, sous l’emprise du coca » témoigne de cette implantation, aux airs de « colonisation ».

>Au Chiapas, il y a une réserve aquifère au pied du volcan Huitepec mais l’usine Coca-Cola s’y est installée pour puiser le plus possible, elle est en effet très gourmande : pour 1L de Coca, il faut 6L d’eau. Ils ont reçu l’autorisation de la Commission Nationale de l’Eau pour pomper 500 millions de litres d’eau par an ! Cela assèche les villages alentour, ceux raccordés au réseau n’ont plus rien au robinet et ceux habitués à vivre de l’eau des puits les voient se vider de plus en plus.

C'est juste dramatique. Alors le pays fait face a une crise environnementale et une crise de santé hallucinante et que la population est gravement malade, les membres d'une association ont appelé a une taxation des boissons sucrées pour financer le système de santé. Ils en ont payé le prix. La aussi, le comportement de Coca n'est pas loin de celui des cartels.

Ils ont été attaqués par des logiciels très sophistiqués.

Spyware’s Odd Targets: Backers of Mexico’s Soda Tax

>That same week, Luis Manuel Encarnación, then the director at Fundación Mídete, a foundation in Mexico City that battles obesity, also started receiving strange messages with links. When he clicked, Mr. Encarnación was ominously redirected to Gayosso, Mexico’s largest funeral service.

>The messages Mr. Encarnación received were identical to a series of texts sent to Alejandro Calvillo, a mild-mannered activist and founder of El Poder del Consumidor, yet another Mexico City organization that has been at the forefront of battling childhood obesity in the country.

>What the men had in common was this: All were vocal proponents of Mexico’s 2014 soda tax, the first national soda tax of its kind. It is aimed at reducing consumption of sugary drinks in Mexico, where weight-related diseases kill more people every year than violent crime.

>The links sent to the men were laced with an invasive form of spyware developed by NSO Group, an Israeli cyberarms dealer that sells its digital spy tools exclusively to governments and that has contracts with multiple agencies inside Mexico, according to company emails leaked to The New York Times last year.

>The discovery of NSO’s spyware on the phones of Mexican nutrition policy makers, activists and even government employees, like Dr. Barquera, raises new questions about whether NSO’s tools are being used to advance the soda industry’s commercial interests in Mexico.

Le Mexique est ce qui se passe quand le Capital - légal ou illégal - prend le pouvoir sur l'Etat.

La plupart des gens ne le savent pas mais derrière la Syrie c'est désormais le conflit le plus violent au monde.

On a tous vu Breaking Bad, on a tous entendu parler de la grande violence dans ce pays. Sauf que c'est de pire en pire. On a atteint un niveau de crise sans précédent. La situation est totalement hors-de contrôle.

u/Selfnaut · 29 pointsr/movies

Martin Scorcese read the 1927 book Gangs of New York in 1970.

Tried to get it made through the 70's and it came out in 2002.

32 years after he read the book

> The odyssey began on January 1, 1970, when Scorsese, staying at a friend's house, ran across a copy of The Gangs of New York, Herbert Asbury's 1928 history of Five Points. Scorsese immediately called a friend, screenwriter Jay Cocks. "Marty said, 'Think of it like a Western in outer space,' " Cocks recalls with a laugh. It was all very "seventies."

u/RICHUNCLEPENNYBAGS · 21 pointsr/japan

You may as well take it as a given because it is true, but this book is quite good in explaining the relationship between the right wing and the Yakuza and how the US encouraged both as a measure to suppress communism.

u/-justkeepswimming- · 18 pointsr/offmychest

Hi there. I'm older than you. I grew up in the 70s and 80s. Nationalism wasn't a thing then because of the war in Viet Nam. My relatives lived in communist countries. I have studied Russian and Russian history and visited the USSR.

You can google Aleksandr Dugin. He is most famous for writing a book on how to destroy America from within. I firmly believe that this has been happening and is not "fake news." You would have to be familiar with the history of Russia to understand why this is going on. A good (but slow) book to read is Putin's Kleptocracy by Karen Dawisha.

I've gone through some hardships. I know I'm not going to retire as well as my parents have. This weekend I was watching the McCain funeral (on TV and online) and was stunned at some of the online comments, but then I remembered Dugin, who I believe has inspired Putin to attack the United States from within to bring out the worst in people.

Yes, the United States has problems. I've come to believe that old saying where the man lives his life wanting to change the world and comes to realize he needs to change his area of the world first. I suggest reading Brene Brown's Braving the Wilderness. Yes, this period in America's history is disheartening. Yes, it's bringing out the worst in people. There have always been problems with bias in the news (even though it's probably worse now). There are definitely things I wish were in the U.S. that are available in other countries. I am also glad to be here.

I remember when people wanted to move out when Obama was elected. I'm trying to understand where they are coming from. Some people have told me that they think we're living in a socialist country. As a student of Russian history and as someone who has an British ex, I find that opinion laughable, but I listen to them and talk with them. I have friends whose families were involved in the political arena (read: DC) in the 1970s and who have remembrances of the past where politics was politics and our elected representatives would go the parties and hang out when the day was done, no matter what their political affiliation.

Do your research. Spend some time in the country you think you want to live in. Every country has their faults. In the meantime, don't forget to vote in every election.

Edit: grammar.

u/SernyRanders · 16 pointsr/worldnews

Not surprising, the mystery company is probably some kind of money laundering scheme.

I highly recommend Misha Glenny's book "McMafia" if you want to learn more about this:

And here is a short video where he talks about Dubai:

u/sublimei · 14 pointsr/movies

I'll never forget Ann Coulter's rant about how she is a "Native". She was straight up referring to herself in this sense, the Know Nothings and Native Americans. She a fuckin Bowery Boy, too?

If anyone is interested in learning more about this era and the history, read Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury. America has so many fuckin skeletons in its closet and it always has.

u/spinningmagnets · 9 pointsr/offbeat

Frank Sheeran was dying of cancer, and he had related the most credible confession about Hoffas death. A meeting was called in an empty house that was for sale by a real estate agent that worked for the mob.

Frank was Hoffas driver, and Frank was in on it. Two Sicilians shot him. He was rolled into a carpet, and driven directly to a mortuary (also mob owned) where he was cremated.

u/JRuskin · 9 pointsr/brisbane

There is a really good book on this (I actually think the author is doing an ama on /r/books soon, maybe today!) called narconomics

Good drug empires ARE a business:

The kingpins deal with the same sorts of things as any other business, procurement, logistics, staffing, HR, risk, PR, marketing, etc and its all about supply and demand.

Its a really fascinating insight into the real world of the drug trade & while some of it is straight up how you'd expect it be/hollywood gets right (turf battles. e.g. Finite number of shipping territories and border towns to move product through in Mexico, especially lucrative places to sell, etc) a lot of it get wrong. E.g. they almost never kill someone for losing a shipment, because spillage is just part of the biz and cultivating new people and new clients is tough.

Likewise tattoos at the "street" level are meant to promote loyalty. At the top level they are about limiting staff mobility. If people can jump from your organisation easily to other organisations, they'll do it when the perks or money are better. Sure you could potentially hurt them, but that attracts police and the government which is bad for business. Its much harder to take a "better offer" and go work for a startup or rival cartel when you're covered head to toe in your current employers branding.

tl;dr: Tech unicorns should start getting their employees face tattoos to manipulate the labour market.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 9 pointsr/japan


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u/OldLikeStars · 9 pointsr/Documentaries

Check out Outlaws Inc.
focuses on ex-soviet IL-76 crews in Africa, their day-to-day, the shady carriers they work for, and the economic symbiosis of legit ngo aid runs and illicit embargo-busting. Fun read, much more exciting than this vice bit..

u/alive_in_wonderland · 8 pointsr/worldnews

It's a detailed look investigation into the way in which drug cartels operate and how they survive and thrive despite the legal measures employed against them. This is a pretty good blurb.

u/I_just_made · 8 pointsr/dataisbeautiful

Can you please provide your sources for this information?

FactCheck's site digs into this a bit deeper and shows it isn't so cut and dry

> Increased marijuana use also leads to more stupid people. Obviously, marijuana use harms the brain, especially after extended use.


>The ability to draw definitive conclusions about marijuana’s long-term impact on the human brain from past studies is often limited by the fact that study participants use multiple substances, and there is often limited data about the participants’ health or mental functioning prior to the study. Over the next decade, the National Institutes of Health is funding the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study—a major longitudinal study that will track a large sample of young Americans from late childhood (before first use of drugs) to early adulthood. The study will use neuroimaging and other advanced tools to clarify precisely how and to what extent marijuana and other substances, alone and in combination, affect adolescent brain development.

If your point that increased use leads to more stupid people as a result of adolescents using it, then that is already being controlled by imposing an age limit. Now you could argue that underage people can still get it; yes, but they can with alcohol as well.

To provide another viewpoint as well... Keeping it illegal is forcing people to go to shady sources, or into a legal market of questionable chemicals that are getting more and more dangerous (spice and its alternatives). The product quality and consistency is highly varied; you don't know how the material was treated; is there something else on it? Individuals have to take that risk because the government can't regulate the industry.

Furthermore, if you really want to get into the grit of this subject, an interesting book to read is Narconomics. Now, I'm no expert on all of the intricacies surrounding this controversy, but within this book he makes a good point that the risk of consumers dying to the products has gradually decreased (though maybe not for stuff like heroin, can't remember), but that doesn't mean a life is not affected. Despite all these drug busts, seizures, arrests, etc... The prices stay relatively consistent; a result of the loss being shifted onto producers (farmers, etc). So while a consumer can be relatively safe, livelihoods of at-risk individuals in the supply chain can be affected.

u/Juno_Malone · 7 pointsr/gameofthrones

Arms and the Dudes. Pretty fascinating so far.

u/the_ferret_king · 7 pointsr/Stellaris

I can't claim complete merit for the idea; I first came across the term in this book

u/trumonz · 7 pointsr/rpg

Heya! Great questions:

  1. I haven't actually seen Traffic! It's like one of the few drug war movies that's slipped through my fingers. Gotta get it moved up on the list, along with El Infierno and Cartel Land. Always more research to do! So... I think Traffic influenced the game, but probably through secondary vectors (like Sicario).

  2. I mean... Sicario is a great example. Josh Brolin's character (El Güero) doesn't care about justice; Emily Blunt's character (La Esperanzada) is in way over her head. Similar dynamic between Ruben Blades and Johnny Depp in Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

    I'm excited about these playbooks because they seem like natural allies...but they are probably more opposed than most of the playbooks in the game! It will be neat to see what happens when they both show up in the same session.

  3. I do hope that people take away some understanding of the nature of the drug war from the game. All of the people who are affected are in a terrible position because we (Americans) don't want to take our addictions seriously. We're hoping we can legislate them away or pretend they don't exist. Nothing will stop the murders and the pain and the suffering short of some sort of legalization or decriminalization.

    As for books/resources, I would recommend El Narco:

    It's a fantastic resource, written with a real sense of the style of Mexico and the absurd irony of the whole situation. I think it's a great read.

    And thank you! Excited that you're excited!
u/xaliber · 6 pointsr/AskHistorians

Since you mention Japan, I recall a brief chapter on David Kaplan and Alec Dubro's Yakuza (it's not a history book, but it was used in "Organized Crime and Crime Organizations" class I took) regarding bakuto, the assumed precursor of the modern yakuza.

Bakuto were gamblers in Edo period who would travel from town to town. They were hired by government officials to gamble with laborers and earn back the money for the government from the laborers' wage (and they get some percentage as a payment). As the amount of bakuto increased during the Edo period, they organized themselves into larger groups and work in cohort with the tekiya (black market peddlers).

They are not "Thieves Guilds" as imagined in popular depiction per se, though.

u/ductsauce · 6 pointsr/videos

Frank Sheeran is the Irishman. The trailer calls out I Heard You Paint Houses. I haven't read the book, but I've heard its great. Going to have to read it now.

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u/Badger_Silverado · 6 pointsr/BoardwalkEmpire

There is a book that the show was based on, but I was largely disappointed because the era the show takes place in was only one or two chapters.

This is the book:

Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

This is a book about Lucky Luciano that I especially liked. It's mostly about his life but talks about his association with Meyer Lansky too, as that was a big part of his life. (In paperback it was called Boardwalk Gangster: The Real Lucky Luciano)

Lucky Luciano: The Real and the Fake Gangster

This is a book about Arnold Rothstein that I really enjoyed too.

Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series

I haven't read any books about Capone- yet. I read a book about Frank Nitti that talks a lot about Capone though. I can look it up if you're interested.

Unfortunately I haven't found a book about everybody involved in the show. I wish that somebody would write a couple of novels about the seven years between season four and season five. Even though they'd be largely fictional due to Nucky's life being fictional in the show they could be VERY interesting, I think.

u/Nullum-adnotatio · 6 pointsr/television

I'm not sure if this will help you, but consider grabbing the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City. I found that learning the actual history that the show is based on was fascinating, and helped me to enjoy the show that much more.

u/Deadpool81 · 6 pointsr/booksuggestions

I'd recommend El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency by Ioan grillo. It covers in depth all of the queries you seem to be interested in. Read this last year and it's top notch.

u/gielbondhu · 5 pointsr/politics

Would you have sought the book out if I had just sent you the Amazon link? It is a real book written by scholar of Russian studies. You asked for concrete evidence. Now you have it. You can read it or not but you can't ever claim that nobody ever gave you evidence. I made it extremely easy for you to find out what Putin and his history are about.

u/fradoboggins · 5 pointsr/changemyview

This should be top comment IMO.

Some tack-on comments:

  • The organizations we're talking about are not really just "drug cartels" anymore -- they've expanded into other markets, e.g.: I'm personally in favor of legalization, but given this I'm skeptical that it'd be a magic bullet.
  • Viewed through a certain lens, the cartels are starting to look like almost like legitimate competitors to the officially-recognized government. It's been a while since I read this so I don't have the specific quote, but I remember talking about a cartel which enforced (in their own brutal style) a ban on kidnapping within the regions they control (despite profiting from kidnapping in other regions) -- given the police force's failure to stop kidnapping, that's something worth noting. The power vacuum left if a cartel is eliminated is larger than just a slice of the black market.
u/surf_wax · 5 pointsr/suggestmeabook

A couple I've enjoyed lately:

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers -

They're both enjoyable reads, not especially boring or academic.

I also second /u/Createx's Freakonomics recommendation. That book was great. Along the same cause and effect theme is The Tipping Point.

u/librariowan · 5 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Arms and Dudes. The skies belong to us. One of us. And, though not really true crime in the sense of these others, I highly recommend Evicted.

u/randomlurker82 · 5 pointsr/history

I REALLY enjoyed "I Heard You Paint Houses" by Charles Brandt. It's about what happened to Jimmy explosive that the author wouldn't allow it to be published until he was dead.

Here's a handy amazon link.

u/NondeterministSystem · 5 pointsr/Documentaries

I'd be interested to hear why the people downvoting you are choosing to do so.

If people are interested in a source for stories like yours, I'd recommend Dreamland by Sam Quinones.

u/wiking85 · 5 pointsr/TheMotte

You're right that alcohol consumption rates went down a lot initially, but they picked back up within a couple of years when organized crime got into it:
>We find that alcohol consumption fell sharply at the beginning of Prohibition, to approximately 30 percent of its pre-Prohibition level. During the next several years, however, alcohol consumption increased sharply, to about 60-70 percent of its pre-prohibition level.

But then we need to talk about the impact of Prohibition on the creation of major crime organizations in the US:

And the other unintended consequences:

So you offset one public health issue, which honestly could have been 'solved' by the Swedish solution, that is tax alcohol at 100% rate to reduce consumption rather than try to outlaw it and create a huge unregulated, underground market run by criminals.

>(...) cirrhosis death rates for men were 29.5 per 100,000 in 1911 and 10.7 in 1929. Admissions to state mental hospitals for alcoholic psychosis declined from 10.1 per 100,000 in 1919 to 4.7 in 1928. Arrests for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct declined 50 percent between 1916 and 1922.

This is from an unsourced Op-Ed from the 1980s, where are these numbers coming from and do they stand up to modern scholarship?

>By the way, I wonder how much more drinking would be reduced if Feds of early 20th century had resources available to them today, instead of being comically poor.

Given the abuse of opiods and other illegal drugs and triumph of Marijuana over major efforts to shut down it's use...probably no better. Especially since the CIA is involved in the international drug trade and has been for decades:

u/VeryFineChardonnay · 4 pointsr/MorbidReality

This is a pretty good question. There are a handful of books here in Mexico but I don't know if they have been translated or if an english speaker has written a book about it.


u/timersreddit · 4 pointsr/soccer

Everyone in this thread should go buy and read The Fix by Declan Hill. It's a great book (I'm only half-way through it), but he talks about corruption in soccer and how it relates and functions like organized crime.

Asia is by far the worst and is one of the most corrupt areas with many matches fixed and leagues in the dumps now. Yes, there are mentions of Italy, but like people in this thread talk about, your naive to think it's the only area this happens. It's huge in the former Yugoslavia-nations of Russia, Ukraine, etc.

History has shown that the same activities take place in England, in some cases, involving the biggest teams (ie. Man United, Liverpool, etc). Very likely not recently, but the author mentions ties in the past that big England teams were involved in so it's not rare to exclude them from the discussion.

Note: Reading this book will MESS up your mind. You'll never look at football the same again. Once you know every small way a game can be thrown (which the author discusses), and you can recognize odd patterns that are normally present in matches that are fixed (author analyzed statistics), you will definitely be affected. You've been warned.

u/derpheim · 3 pointsr/soccer

I did a rather thorough research on corruption in soccer for the past year. If you want to read about corruption, Declan Hill's "The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime" is very interesting and presents the issue in a way that's easy to grasp for anyone. There are other reads, but most of them are academic or deal with corruption within sports in general so I don't think you'd be as interested. Be cautious though, it's a dark path. Ever since I started my research I have lost all faith in the authenticity of any soccer match. I continue supporting my club, but I always have one thing in mind.

u/Hero_Dad_Husband · 3 pointsr/flying
u/Da_Funk · 3 pointsr/newjersey

Boardwalk Empire is exactly the book you're looking for. It's about the history of Atlantic City and its gangster past. It's the inspiration for the top notch HBO show.

u/waxyturtle · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I believe McMafia by Misha Glenny might be of interest...It's based very much more on the economic side and I'm unsure what pyschology it touches on as it's still on my "To Read Shelf". There was a terrible BBC drama adaptation of the book recently as well so don't let that put you off.

u/otokononakaotoko · 3 pointsr/AskHistorians

The association between what became the modern conception of "Yakuza" and gambling is as old if not older than at least the Edo/Tokugawa period of Japan. What we think of as Yakuza or modern crime was the combination of two samurai era gangs/social groups (depending on how you look at them) called Tekiya (peddlers) and Bakuto (gamblers). It is true that there was a huge focus on gambling in the wake of the war, but that's really only the tip of the iceberg. Organized crime essentially ran all of the black markets (essentially the only markets) in major cities in the wake of WWII, creating a monopoly on all goods bought or sold. This was often in the form of protection money paid to crime syndicates, nominally to protect market vendors from danger but in reality a tax on both their goods and a right to be in the market. But even this pales in comparison to the links between organized crime and politics in the wake of the switch in American policy. Initially, the focus of the occupation was to punish those authoritarians who had committed crimes against the world and in Japan during the war, but as the spectre of communism rose on the world stage this was quickly reversed. Those criminals who had been locked up in places like Sugamo Prison (reserved for many of the worst war criminals, those class as Class A) were not only released but helped back into political office. Often the enforcers they would rely on to keep the peace and break up strikes were a newly reinvigorated Yakuza, who suffered during the interwar years by diminishing numbers. TO be honest this is a hastily done post that doesn't do the subject near enough justice, but a fantastic book on the history and origins of the Yakuza is

which if you have any interest in the subject you should definitely look into.

Also, that book is the source for my post.

u/hexag1 · 3 pointsr/history

A good book Herbert Asbury's classic "Gangs of New York", which comes with a dust jacket blurb from no less than Jorge Luis Borges:

“A univeral history of infamy, the history of the gangs of New York contains all the confusion and cruelty of the barbarian cosmologies.”
—Jorge Luis Borges

u/ex1stence · 3 pointsr/MMA

Ha, I was writing a book on that. Or was at least, until stupid Sam Quiznos beat me to it with his stupid book Dreamland that's actually really good and I'm just jealous he beat me to the punch.

u/whyhellomichael · 3 pointsr/52book

I have about 30 pages left in Arms and the Dudes: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History by Guy Lawson.

After that I will be starting The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka.

u/favoritekindofbread · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

The non-fiction version of The Gangs of New York that the movie is based on.

u/matts2 · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Do you mean other than Gangs of New York?

u/Bob_Sconce · 2 pointsr/NorthCarolina

One of the few places where Trump's wall might actually do soem good. Most likely, that heroin was produced in Mexico and sold by illegal immigrants who are here for, perhaps, 6 months at a time.


u/mightymushroom45 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. El Narco is about the Mexican drug cartel. I'm from Central California so this is a very interesting and important issue to me!

  2. I read "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer. It's about an ascent on Mt. Everest gone wrong. SO amazingly good and well-written!

  3. Infinite Lake.

  4. I have one!

    Thanks for the contest :D
u/NorthernK20 · 2 pointsr/aviation

If anyone wants to read more about AN-12/ IL-76s like this. Pick up Outlaws Inc. Very good read.

u/wrathofoprah · 2 pointsr/worldnews

> so who profits in this situation?

Well if Gomorrah is anything to go by, the high fashion designers and organized crime.

u/tsaketh · 2 pointsr/worldnews

The Zetas basically obliterated their old competition for it. They were originally not their own cartel, but rather the enforcement (read: military) arm of the Gulf Cartel. They split and went independent, as their membership was primarily former Mexican special forces and commandos, with old military connections that allowed them some serious combat hardware.

Basically they sent out envoys all over Mexico, telling local gangs they could turn Zeta-- rep Zeta colors, call in Zeta support if things go bad, etc. all in return for a cut of their profits. The idea was to let criminal operations be run by the people who actually know the locals. And boy did it work. Really, really well.

It just got out of control, especially around 2010 or so when they had what was essentially a civil war.

I'm not 100% up to date on them now, but I can recommend a book by the name of Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel. As the title indicates, it's a study in organized crime from the perspective of an economist. It shows how and why destroying 300 acres of coca plants in Colombia fails to affect the price of cocaine in the US by even a tenth of a cent-- and how law enforcement artificially inflates the value of the product they seize by using retail rather than wholesale price.

I can't recommend it enough. One of my favorite analogies ever came from that book. Imagine the combined force of every first world government on earth was focused on stopping the purchase of million dollar paintings instead of drugs. What they're doing now would be the equivalent of trying to make oil paints more expensive in order to reduce the profits on paintings. It just makes no sense.

u/jiggaboophilips · 2 pointsr/worldnews

They keep you "alive" as long as they can and literally start "harvesting" non-essential organs one at a time till they finally get to the part where they have to stop vital stuff to take it. It's a fucking sadistic process and I think in China it was used more like "This General drank his liver out and this political prisoner is going to be shot in the morning so why not?" At that point it becomes a science project to see how many organs you can take before the guy dies.

u/puskas14 · 2 pointsr/movies

Well if you're interested in the Balkans I would check out Misha Glenny's books. He was The Guardian and BBC's foreign correspondent in Yugoslavia during the war, and has stayed to write about organized crime. McMafia sounds like it would be right up your alley.

My favorite book about Serbian criminality during the war is Hunting The Tiger about a mafia boss, who turned Red Star Belgrade's ultras into a paramilitary and carried out many of the ethnic cleansing with Karazic and other people who were tried at the Hague.

u/AthleticsSharts · 2 pointsr/movies

Only the characters were fictional. Similar things occur every day in Juarez. The late journalist Charles Bowden did an excellent documentary (in book form) on the whole ordeal titled: Murder City. There's real life events he doccuments that are even more fucked up than what's in the movie. And no one seems to know about this here in the US.

u/tlateloca · 2 pointsr/mexico

El Narco




Drug War Mexico

There is also a good book about Juarez and the cartels also by Anabel Hernández, Los señores del narco, but I do not know if it is in Spanish.

u/aethelberga · 2 pointsr/inthemorning

No, no. It's rigged. The Brazil flameout came as a surprise to a lot of people. By the time you get to even the quarter finals a lot of the matches go to penalties simply because the teams are so evenly matched at that point. For Brazil to be beaten 7-1 is so outside the norm that something had to be going on. I can't figure out what, though. If you're really interested, read The Fix by Declan Hill.

u/zmxx · 2 pointsr/worldnews

Very good book I read some time ago: McMafia where author investigates international crime since the break up of the Soviet Bloc: book and guardian review.He also exposes the Balkans as a society totally dominated by organized crime.

u/Anton_Pannekoek · 2 pointsr/Anarchism

This book also looks good, Alexander Cockburn is an excellent journalist. Jeffery St Clair I believe edits counterpunch, which is a must read.

u/arabian_saddlebags · 2 pointsr/worldnews

All readers of 2666 should follow it up with Murder City by Charles Bowden. Non fiction. American journalist living in Jaurez, dudes loco crazy. Bolano actually sought out Bowden while writing 2666. If there were any Bolano book club, this would be on it.

u/callmesnake13 · 2 pointsr/AskNYC

The book "Gangs of New York" by Herbert Asbury that the movie was loosely based on is an awesome pseudo/folk history that I think she'd enjoy if she's into fantasy. Other than that, I don't know. There isn't any sort of universal NYC thing my friends here all seem to have. I don't really have anything with New York on it aside from my mountain of Rangers gear. Definitely don't get like, a skyline photo or something like that. That's an NYU freshman move.

u/Zedress · 2 pointsr/nfl

After reading this I would not be surprised if sports-fixing does take place. When considering the sheer amount of money involved the likelihood that all of the games and all of the players are 100% clean ethically (or medically) is almost nil.

That being said, I do not have anything to prove corruption among the officials or the NFL administrators. If something were to come to light it would not surprise me in the least though.

u/911bodysnatchers322 · 2 pointsr/NSALeaks

This guy is really confused. He is a devout anti-climate-change conspiracy theorist decrying the abuse of powers of scientists (97% of those pesky, bought-out scientists), but wants more money for a closed intelligence society that builds consensus without any oversight, and has been caught dead-to-rights for selling drugs to earn money for blackops projects for decades. The CIA is in fact the worlds biggest drug dealer (NSA/FBI/DEA being enablers-local distributers). Cognitive dissonance of neocons is so astounding that we should give grants to extract alternative energy from it.

u/Dfresh20 · 2 pointsr/environment

The Camorra crime syndicate is responsible for this stuff. The book Gommorah goes into this and much more. The Camorra's dumping business is huge.

u/louderthanbombs · 2 pointsr/books

Eric Schlosser (the guy who did Fast Food Nation) has a book called Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs and Cheap Labor on the American Black Market. It's a great read.

Also, look into Misha Glenny's McMafia. It's about the intersection of organized crime/the black market and globalization and open markets.

u/johneeleemiller · 2 pointsr/FCJbookclub

Just finished up reading Dreamland, which I highly recommend. It's an incredibly well-researched look into the rise of opiate painkiller prescriptions and the parallel rise of black tar heroin in the United States. It covers the nation-wide effects of an drug epidemic, as well as individual stories from people affected personally. In the state of Ohio alone, between the years of 2003-2008, 50% more people died of heroin overdose than US soldiers in the entire Iraq war. That's in ONE state. The book is full of shit like that. Again, highly recommend.

Now I'm rereading What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Last time I read it was in high school and I loved it. But something about it this time around just isn't clicking with me - I'm not finding it as relatable. Sort of how when you first read Catcher in the Rye, you relate with Holden, then when you reread it as an adult you find him insufferable. It's still good, just a bit strange.

u/ErusDraco · 2 pointsr/italy

I would suggest God's Mountain by Erri De Luca, The Broken Fountain by Thomas Belmonte, Falling Place by Dan Hofstadter and Return to Naples by Robert Zweig. I would also suggest Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, it's more focused on crime but still shows a side of the culture. I apologize that all of my recommendations are Naples oriented, but that was the subject of a course in which I read these books. You may also find Goethe's Italian Journey interesting. Hope this was helpful.

u/AsteroidMiner · 2 pointsr/soccer

You should read Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano for a deeper insight into the Camorra, a criminal organisation headquartered in Naples.

u/pugzilla · 1 pointr/Chechnya

I've enjoyed the following, not being from that part of the world, culture or religion you'd have to take my insight with a grain of salt. There doesn't seem to be that much information about that part of the world, one of the reasons I find it so fascinating. It's fairly invisible. There is typically one viewpoint from this media, red team or blue team, nothing seems to be that unbiased. I found "The Oath" to be the most informative and interesting.


u/Frond_Dishlock · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue

There was a book called Gomorrah, about the crime organisation the Camorra, was made into an Italian film and TV mini-series by the same name.

u/steal_this_eel · 1 pointr/todayilearned

"They aren't Yakuza" that's not what the book "Yakuza" says; it has a whole chapter devoted to this practice.

u/mushu-fasa · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Perry Link, Richard P. Madsen, and Paul G. Pickowicz, eds., Popular China: Unofficial Culture in a
Globalizing Society (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002)

It may be a little outdated, but it gives a great look into modern Chinese cultural trends.

Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook by Patricia Ebrey has great primary sources if you want to learn about Chinese culture that way, and it stretches all the way back to ancient times.

Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld by David Kaplan and Alex Dubro is a great book to read if you want to learn about the Yakuza and how they have effected Japanese political history.

u/ChronicTheOne · 1 pointr/soccer

Read my other comment. Don't be gullible; just because you don't know it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Read "The Fix" for further info.

u/WilliamBonney · 1 pointr/MLS

I've heard it said that the best way to fix corruption in FIFA is to ditch Addidas for Puma. Actually, he said it was probably the only way. The author of ... hang a sec ... Declan Hill

u/bh28630 · 1 pointr/pics

FWIW: Boardwalk Empire is loosely based on real people as are many of the themes in the series. Of course, vast theatrical liberties are taken to make the story work in a modern venue, but "Nucky" and many of the other characters actually created a boardwalk empire in Atlantic City.

u/Rethious · 1 pointr/worldnews

>. If you research this old scandal for a bit you might finally realise how much the USA pressures its client states, if things such as TPP etc aren't obvious enough for you - and in geopolitical matters this pressure is only larger.

What, that some Polish politicians don't like the balance of power between the US and Poland? You also don't have any understanding of what a client state is.

>That only ever happened under Stalin, for a fraction of the USSR's total existence, but the Western narrative is different, of course.

While it declined after Stalin, documents released under Glasnost show silencing of dissent continued after his death. No western narrative, just russian documents.

>Allow me to make a much more worthwhile recommendation to you - an entire book written by someone with an actual name - .

And ignoring the argument/evidence. Evidently Dartmouth isn't a name. I mean, if we're linking books, you can try this one

u/MonkeyPilot · 1 pointr/TrueReddit

Currently reading a great book on the subject: Dreamland. It details the rise of Oxy epidemic with the concurrent introduction of Mexican black tar heroin. Terrifically written, too. Reads like a novel. Highly recommended.

u/MrBeanie88 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

This added-value chain is explained in the first chapter of Narconomics.

u/tank777 · 1 pointr/soccer

As title says, he authored The Fix.

u/book_moth · 1 pointr/HomeworkHelp

[The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers by Scott Carney] (

u/Commandant1 · 1 pointr/worldcup


Read this... which includes a fixed match at the 2006 World Cup.

u/Valahano · 1 pointr/worldnews

> Throw in a few career criminals, a healthy dose of alcoholic leadership, and some questionable advice from outside, and you've got the Russian federation.

I feel this is a common misconception about current Russia. What you must never forget is that Russia is run by KGB operatives, this is a fact. They want money, sure. They are criminals in all kinds of sense (stealing, murder, etc). However, they have bigger goals than money too (revanchist agenda, rebuilding soviet empire, making Russia great again - you name it). They are not just crooks, they are crooks with idea.

u/uhohimdead · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

i dont know if this would fit under gangs and drugs but it would fit under criminal underworld. The book is about the trade of organs,children,skeletons and much much more. The Red Market
.I'm reading this right now and i'm enjoying it.

u/Bhazor · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

The Yakusa is a fascinating entity where the truth is far stranger than the fictional stuff. I highly recommend Yakuza by David E Caplan. An in depth academic history of the Yakuza from the Edo to the modern era.

u/GuardCats · 1 pointr/politics
u/RAcincinnatus · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Dude ask google not reddit. But a lot of it is America's fault (I know, how original), because we buy most of their drugs and sell them most of their guns.

This seems like a good book on the subject, reading is always the best option.

u/shylock92008 · 1 pointr/SnowFall

Whiteout by alexander Cockburn IN THE 20TH CENTURY - EX DEA AGENTS SPEAK a Dogged L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena By Jason McGahan Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Blood On The Corn

In 1985, a murky alliance of drug lords and government officials tortured and killed a DEA agent named Enrique Camarena. In a three-part series, legendary journalist Charles Bowden finally digs into the terrible mystery behind a hero’s murder. By Charles Bowden and Molly Molloy



"There is a secret government in America. It operates with the explicit and implied authority of the highest officials, and in the name of America's interests it has inflicted great damage on the unsuspecting peoples of other countries and on our own fundamental principles.... I wish everyone would read The Crimes of Patriots. Perhaps then the current hearings on the Iran-Contra affair -- for Ronald Reagan is the latest to wield this secret weapon and to perish by it -- will be the last. An informed people might become an outraged people and finally put a stop to our own self-destruction. If so, we will owe much to Jonathan Kwitny's reporting."
-- Bill Moyers

u/El_Lechon · 1 pointr/mexico

Pero la guerra ya estaba ahí! La violencia no era inminente, ya estaba ocurriendo! pero no salía en los medios, en los 90s todavía mucho control de los medios.

Antes de que entrará Caldedrunk ya estaban secuestrrando, pidiendo piso, y asesinándo.

En los 90s el narcó creció muchísimo en México luego de que cayeran los carteles colombianos. Pensar que Claderón detonó el problema es ingenuo.

Si los dejabas seguir creciendo iban a tomar el control total del país...

Hay un libro muy bueno que estoy leyendo que habla sobre el fenómeno del narco en México, lo recomiendo mucho:

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u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/AskReddit

For you football (soccer) fans, there's a really good book about the match fixing that goes on in our beloved sport. It's called The Fix by Declan Hill. It's an amazing book and completely worth the read.

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u/rosythewench · 1 pointr/MorbidReality

If this is something you're interested in, you should check out The Red Market by Scott Carney. It's about all aspects of the trade in human flesh, including organs, blood, hair, eggs, etc. It's really fascinating, and I love the analysis the author provides.

u/Foxxie · 1 pointr/ChapoTrapHouse

For anyone interested in the subject but too lazy to read a book (Dreamland is excellent), listen to the 2-part Dollop series on Opium in the US (1 and 2). This issue represents the prototypical intersection of capitalist greed and human frailty. It was not an accident.

u/not-moses · 1 pointr/adultsurvivors

Given the cultural implications suggested in this Wikipedia entry, I'm not surprised.

Pakistan is NOT a single, uniform society. The Punjabis are vastly more socialized and civilized than the Turkmen (think Lahore vs. Peshawar). The enslavement of young females for use as sexual "products" has been common in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and the old Silk Roads countries -- where (ostensibly) protective Islamic female sequestration never really took hold as it did elsewhere from the eighth century onward -- for at least a millennium; probably much longer.

The influence of the norms of the Silk Road cultures is being felt now in the Russian Caucasus region, as well as even further west in the countries north of the Black Sea where -- since the breakdown of the Soviet Union -- organized crime (and child prostitution) has become a way of life. (See Misha Glenny's disturbing book, McMafia, though what is reported there is limited compared to what is actually the case at this time... including the spread of such activities into the UK and Western Europe.)

Very sad to hear that large-scale CP is going on in ostensibly "civilized" locales like Manchester, but given the dis-inhibition of sexual urge induced by widespread drug indulgence, I am hardly surprised. When the British sought to solve the balance of payments problem with China in the late 18th century by exporting massive amounts of opium into China from India, East Bengal and Burma, the whole region saw an explosion of child prostitution.

Drug addiction, I'm sad to say, is the #1 mechanism of cultural war on this planet now. Get your enemy addicted; watch his culture de-civilize.

u/jafferwocky · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

You could try this book. I haven't read it, but I know a few people you enjoyed it.

The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

u/stuartcw · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

I seem to remember that this was a good book: Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press by Alexander Cockburn

u/ComradeGibbon · 1 pointr/news

The story I've gotten talking to Mexican immigrants is in Mexico there was a post war baby boom that ended between 1980-1990. At the same time mechanized agriculture took over. Meant there were too many young people looking for work in rural Mexico. If that sounds familiar it's because they's exactly what happened in the US from 1850 to 1950. Like their American counterparts 50-100 years earlier most of those young working age men and women migrated to the city. About 80-90 percent migrated to Mexican cities and 10-20% went north to the US where they had preexisting family ties. Talk to immigrants, 95% percent of them didn't just randomly show up.

That makes me think that all the border protection over the years has be ineffective[1], solves a problem that has mostly solved itself[2], and created a cursed region near the border[3].

[1] Given strong family ties between Mexican American communities in the US and their ancestral communities in Mexico, that was a battle that was a losing one from the start.

[2] Demographic changes have slowed immigration to a trickle.

[3] See: Murder City, Ciudad Juarez

u/PamPoovey22 · 1 pointr/The_Donald

They are. Read this Murder City
Cartel hitmen had official goverment IDs, police cars, uniforms and military escorts when they went to kill people...

u/FreezieKO · 1 pointr/politics

If anyone wants to see into the future, I recommend Putin's Kleptocracy.

u/sleevey · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

They're not illegal immigrants, that's not really a big problem in Australia. They come here legally on false pretences (ie. they think they'll get employment as a waitress etc.) and then get their passports confiscated by their pimps.

Most of the illegal immigrants in Australia are english backpackers overstaying their visas.

If you want to read something more about it there's quite a good, easy to read book called McMafia, it's about the globalization of organized crime in general but a large section of the book deals with human trafficking. But just a word of warning if you decide to read it; it's the kind of stuff that will have you just sitting staring at a blank wall in despair and horror at what's going on all over the world at an industrial scale. It's pretty confronting and can really bring you down... so, yeah read at your own risk.

Here you go.

u/robotlou · 1 pointr/Marijuana

I read Murder City which is all about the war going on in Juarez. Its amazingly bleak down there for sure.

u/OnlyFartsDuringSex · 0 pointsr/news

Jesus dude, you really are a retard.

Here ya go....

Took me less than 5 minutes to find these, why don't you educate yourself?

Pay particular attention to the "CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2014: RESULTS"

I could on and on and on.....

u/EthiczGradient · 0 pointsr/europe

To understand Russian foreign diplomacy here is a book that I highly recommend . The book is actual research and fact based on what is happening right now. A fictionalized tv series was made by Amazon and it really is very good.

Having lived in Russia as a normal westerner working in Moscow and having lived in Africa (which is not as corrupt as Russia despite appearences) I can say that I had to bribe or grease a palm for basic shit at least once a week in Moscow. The corruption is on every level of society. Its one big criminal society but make no mistake Yeltsin and Berokovsky planned all of this.



And the 2nd book is now free on Audible

Putin : A prisoner of power

Riveting stuff. Suffice it to say that the poor russian people are being right royaly fucked by their leaders

u/bugeja · 0 pointsr/worldnews


Haven't read the book but listened to the interview with the author on PBS. Quite interesting.