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Hidden Power

Author James Cockayne

ISBN No 9781849046350

Review date 26/06/2019

No of pages 448

Publisher Hurst

Publisher URL

Year of publication 02/09/2016


Hidden Power: The Strategic Logic of Organised Crime by James Cockayne

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£ 16.99

Criminal mafias determine political outcomes to suit their own agendas. A new book explores how they do it – by influencing elections, changing constitutions, fomenting terrorism, waging war, negotiating peace deals and working behind the scenes in pivotal historical moments such as the Allied invasion and occupation of Italy, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Drawing on unpublished government documents and mafia memoirs, James Cockayne (read more on his personal website) reveals a century of forgotten political-criminal collaboration in New York, Sicily and the Caribbean and explains how such links persist globally, from the drug wars in Mexico, to smuggling routes in West Africa, to political instability in Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia.

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