The Triads: The Growing Global Threat from the Chinese Criminal Societies

3.25 avg rating
( 12 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780312055240: The Triads: The Growing Global Threat from the Chinese Criminal Societies
From Publishers Weekly:

Like Italy's Mafia, China's Triads, whose history may go back as much as 2000 years, were originally secret societies whose spirit and purpose were patriotic. Their power increased substantially after 1644, when the native Ming dynasty was overthrown by the foreign Ch'ing (Manchu) dynasty; the goal of the Triads then became to destabilize the government. To raise money for that ambition, they turned to crime. The Triads played a major role in the "democratic" regimes of Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek, gradually increasing the scope of their criminal activities, but they alienated the Communists, who remain their implacable enemies. Booth ( Hiroshima Joe ) asserts that the Triads, headquartered in Hong Kong, now are spreading to other countries, especially Canada and Australia, and control the majority of the world's heroin trade. In a book that gets off to a slow start with a highly condensed history of China, the author sounds the alarm that the secretive gangs may pose the world's top crime problem in the 1990s. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

For centuries Chinese secret societies like the Triads embedded themselves in the larger Chinese society, frequently engaging in various kinds of criminal and other illegal activity. After the Communists came to power in 1949, they ruthlessly suppressed the secret societies, which then took refuge in Hong Kong. In recent years, as overseas Chinese communities expanded rapidly, the Triads and other secret societies have become increasingly active abroad, including North America. Booth, a Hong Kong writer, presents a rather superficial and impressionistic but intriguing picture of the Triads, focusing on their criminal activities in Hong Kong and their growing involvement in the international drug trade. Better research and organization might have made this more than a "stopgap" book as Booth himself calls it--a judgment which one cannot dispute. For general readers.
- Steven I. Levine, Duke Univ., Durham,
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 16.95
US$ 44.42

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Booth, Martin
Published by St Martins Pr (1991)
ISBN 10: 0312055242 ISBN 13: 9780312055240
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St Martins Pr, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312055242

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 44.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds