Mafia Life

We see Mafias as vast powerful organisations harvesting billions of dollars aross the globe and wrapping their tentacles around everything from governance to finance. But is this the truth?.

Mafia Life takes us in to the real world of organised crime, where henchmen worry about their bad managers and have high blood pressure, assassinations are bungled as often as they come off, and increasing pressure from law enforcement means that a life of crime is no longer lived in the lap of luxury.

Mafia Life book cover

Mafias on the Move

Organized crime is spreading like a global virus...As Federico Varese explains...the truth is more complicated. Varese argues that mafiosi often find themselves abroad against their will, rather than through a strategic plan to colonize new territories.

Based on ground-breaking field work and filled with dramatic stories, this book is both a compelling read and a sober assessment of the risks posed by globalization and immigration for the spread of mafias. 

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Reviews of Mafias on the Move

"Varese is one of the most acute students of global organised crime and a gripping storyteller."

Misha Glenny, London Review of Books

Reviews of The Russian Mafia

"L’ouvrage de Federico Varese est l’une des toutes premières études systématiques de la mafia en Russie, qui dépasse avec succès le stade du descriptif, voire simplement de l’anecdotique. C’est un livre important quant à l’économie politique des transactions dans un système faiblement institutionnalisé et l’auteur réussit à rendre un texte dense et fortement structure théoriquement aussi lisible qu’un bon roman policier."

Jacques Sapir Cahiers du monde russe

"Varese is a leader of the younger generation of scholars taking on the important issues in the difficult study of organized crime."

Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University

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