Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745332017 Will Publish June 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745332024 Will Publish June 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Double Crossed

The Failure of Organized Crime Control

Michael Woodiwiss

Double Crossed

Michael Woodiwiss

Distributed for Pluto Press

272 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780745332017 Will Publish June 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745332024 Will Publish June 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
In the United States, the popular symbols of organized crime are still Depression-era figures such as Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Meyer Lansky—thought to be heads of giant, hierarchically organized mafias. In Double Crossed, Michael Woodiwiss challenges perpetuated myths to reveal a more disturbing reality of organized crime—one in which government officials and the wider establishment are deeply complicit.
 
Delving into attempts to implement policies to control organized crime in the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom, Woodiwiss reveals little known manifestations of organized crime among the political and corporate establishment. A follow up to his 2005 Gangster Capitalism, Woodiwiss broadens and brings his argument up to the present by examining those who constructed and then benefitted from myth making. These include Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, opportunistic American politicians and officials, and, more recently, law enforcement bureaucracies led by the FBI.

Organized crime control policies now tend to legitimize repression and cover up failure. They do little to control organized crime. While the U.S. continues to export its organized crime control template to the rest of the world, opportunities for successful criminal activity proliferate at local, national, and global levels, making successful prosecutions irrelevant.
Review Quotes
Kristofer Allerfeldt, University of Exeter
"As one of the foremost thinkers on organized crime, Woodiwiss rarely disappoints. In this book, he is on great form. Informative, challenging and novel this is one of the most important histories of the topic published in recent years."
Dick Hobbs, author of Lush Life: Constructing Organized Crime in the UK
"Woodiwiss has dedicated his career to unpacking the often toxic packaging surrounding the concept of organized crime. In Double Crossed, Woodiwiss focusses on the myths of organized crime, its social, economic and legal constructions and, most importantly, the architects and  beneficiaries of this myth making. Double Crossed is a key text for scholars of organized crime."
Margaret Beare, author of Critical Reflections on Transnational Organized Crime
"Woodiwiss once again brings solid historical evidence and analysis to the task of refuting conventional wisdom  that prefers to see organized crime as something external from our capitalistic political, economic and social systems. The importance of his work is not merely to ‘set the record straight’ but also to warn against the dangers of continuing to target easily identifiable, often ‘foreign’, targets while leaving exploitive corporate and political interests intact."
 
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