Reviews of Mafias on the Move

  • "Varese's quest leads him from Prohibition-era Manhattan to mid-century Italy to modern-day China...[Mafias on the Move] tells a compelling story that is as much about politics as crime." 

    Wall Street Journal

  • "[Varese] is careful, painstaking, willing and able to pore through police, local authority and parliamentary files in search of hard facts."

    John Lloyd, Financial Times

  • It is hard not to feel sympathy for some of the Mafiosi Federico Varese describes in his meticulous study of mafia transplantation. Varese is one of the most acute students of global organised crime and a gripping storyteller."

    Misha Glenny, London Review of Books

  • "Federico Varese is two writers rolled in to one: a fearless fact-hunter ... and a dedicated academic."

    John le Carré

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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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