This book demystifies the world of organized crime by analyzing it closely and critically from a social perspective. Afro-American, Mexican, Asian, Colombian, African and Jamaican criminal groups are discussed as well as their Italian criminal counterparts who are typically thought of when the term â€œorganized crimeâ€ is used. The book chronicles the history, current role, and future of players in the world of organized crime, along with insight on what the criminal justice system is doing to suppress organized criminals. the concept of organized crime, theories of organized criminal behavior, the evolution of organized crime, the business of organized crime, the illicit drug trade, domestic organized crime groups, a comparative perspective, terrorism as organized crime, organized crime's political and corporate alliance, controlling organized crime. For anyone interested in organized crime especially those in law enforcement.