Global Crime: An Encyclopedia of Cyber Theft, Weapons Sales, and Other Illegal Activities

ABC-CLIO. 2019. 805p. ed. by ed. by Philip L. Reichel. ISBN 9781440860140. $198. REF
Reichel’s (criminal justice, California Univ. of Pennsylvania) work on contemporary world crime convincingly demonstrates how possible it is to purchase and receive just about anything illegally from anywhere in the world. He places most emphasis on transnational crime, which he defines as incidents that occur across national borders, violate the criminal law of at least one country, can be resolved only with the cooperation of two or more countries, and are the result of actions by criminal organizations and networks rather than by small groups or individuals. The two volumes consist of a brief introduction, chronology, 270 A–Z entries with lists for further reading, primary documents that complement the entries, a bibliography, information about contributors, and an index. Although some historical events and people are covered, entries are designed primarily to inform about recent key events, people, organizations, and terms.
VERDICT The wide-ranging, expansive content on a fascinating and interesting topic will well serve its target audience of high school students, undergraduates, and general readers. This work is superb at not only explaining the growth and most important elements of global crime but also at detailing ways international communities are combating it an engaging and easily accessible manner.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


Get connected. Join our global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators.

Get access to 8000+ annual reviews of books, ebooks, and more

As low as $13.50/month