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 famous Depression-era figures such as Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and John Dillinger—infamous heads of giant, hierarchically organized mafias. In Double Crossed, Michael Woodiwiss challenges this perpetuated myth 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 America and other countries, Woodiwiss reveals little-known manifestations of organized crime among the political establishment. A follow up to his 2005 Gangster Capitalism, Woodiwiss brings his argument up to the present with extensive new research that also explores organized crime in Russia, the use of war as a pretext for crime, and the failures and complicity of the UK and European governments. He offers a particularly deep analysis of the financial sector’s corruption that contributed to the 2008 global economic meltdown, the institutionalized corporate fraud following 9/11, and the war on terror in Iraq.
 
An exploration into the use of organized crime methods within the international establishment, Double Crossed is for anyone with an interest in a revealing—and disturbing—look at a criminal double standard in our world today.
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."
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