My friend and colleague Ted Miguel is coming out with a book this fall, bound to be a good time with insight to boot. From the website:
Meet the economic gangster. He’s the United Nations diplomat who double-parks his Mercedes on New York streets at rush hour because the cops can’t touch him—he has diplomatic immunity. He’s the Chinese smuggler who dodges tariffs by magically transforming frozen chickens into frozen turkeys. The dictator, the warlord, the crooked bureaucrat who bilks the developing world of billions in aid. The calculating crook who views stealing and murder as just another part of his business strategy. And, in the wrong set of circumstances, he just might be you.
In Economic Gangsters, Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel take readers into the secretive, chaotic, and brutal worlds inhabited by these lawless and violent thugs.
I’m not sure if the double-parking diplomat was the most intimidating way to introduce the gangster, but still… Recommended reading this October.
* My take on the prequels: Tropical Gangsters was great, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man was underwhelming, and I didn’t see American Gangster.