Roberto Saviano (1979) is an Italian writer and journalist.
Saviano was born in Naples, where he graduated in philosophy at the University of Naples Federico II. As a journalist, he collaborates with “L’Espresso” and “La Repubblica”. In his writings, articles and books he employs prose and news-reporting style to narrate the story of the Camorra (a powerful Neapolitan mafia-like organization), exposing its territory and business connections.
Since 2006, following the publication of his bestselling book “Gomorrah” (Gomorra in Italian), where he describes the clandestine particulars of the Camorra business, Saviano has been threatened by several Neapolitan “godfathers”. The Italian Minister of the Interior has granted him a permanent police escort. Because of his courageous stance, he is considered a “national hero” by author-philosopher Umberto Eco.
Gomorrah has been translated in 42 countries. It appeared in the best sellers’ lists of Germany, Holland, Spain, France, Sweden and Finland. The New York Times has placed it amongst the most important books of 2007, while The Economist has included it among the hundred books of the year. Saviano is the only Italian to be placed in both lists.
Misha Glenny (1958) is a British journalist who specializes in southeastern Europe and global organized crime. He studied at Bristol University and Prague’s Charles University before becoming Central Europe correspondent for the “The Guardian” and later the “BBC”. He specialised in reporting on the Balkans independence wars in the late 1980s and early 1990s that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia. While at the BBC, Glenny won 1993′s Sony Gold Award for his ‘outstanding contribution to broadcasting’. He has also written three books about Central and Eastern Europe. His latest book “McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld,” (2008) is about international organized crime, which, he writes, may now account for 20 per cent of the world’s GDP. In “McMafia,” Misha Glenny takes us on a startling tour of the new international underworld, documenting the hidden costs of an unregulated global free market.