SOCIAL SCIENCES

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
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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.

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