Los Angeles, CA
One of the most influential books that I read this year? McMafia by Misha Glenny.
Haas, a filmmaker and colleague of mine from Scotland recommended the book to me while we were riding out a delay at a tiny airport in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Within an hour of returning to LA, I bought the book. Within days of its arrival, I finished it off. Friedman was the first (of many) to ask to borrow the book and I handed it over.
The author of McMafia, Misha Glenny, was a speaker at TED this year. Here's his lecture on the global shadow exonomy...