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Blood brotherhoods : a history of Italy's three mafias, John Dickie

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Blood brotherhoods : a history of Italy's three mafias
Title
Blood brotherhoods
Title remainder
a history of Italy's three mafias
Statement of responsibility
John Dickie
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Through a riveting narrative both disturbing and disturbingly relevant to the present, Blood Brotherhoods shines a new light on the development of organized crime in Italy. Dickie draws on research that has never been seen before to examine the myths surrounding the three largest and most violent mafia groups--divulging the secrets, intrigues, histories and documents of the real stories behind the Honored Society's most brutal crimes. Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia made infamous to Americans by television shows like The Sopranos and classic films like The Godfather is not the only dangerous criminal fraternity active in Italy. The country hosts two other major mafias: the Camorra from Naples and the 'ndrangheta, the Mafia from the poor and isolated region of Calabria that has now risen to become the most powerful mob group active today. Each of these brotherhoods has its own methods, its own dark rituals, its own style of ferocity and corruption. Yet violence is only the beginning. The mafias have corrupted Italy's institutions, drastically curtailed the life-chances of its citizens, evaded justice, and set up their own self-interested meddling as an alternative to the courts. The staggering reach of organized crime in Italy hangs over a nation racked by debt, political paralysis, and widespread corruption. The largest mafia factions control much of Europe's wholesale cocaine trade and about three percent of Italy's total GDP. These are not solitary or static criminal organisms, nor are the Mafiosithat comprise them primitive gangsters. Sicily might have given the world the term 'mafia,' but the history of organized crime in Italy is as much about Italy's weakness as it is about the mafia's strength. Italy itself is revealed to be a criminal ecosystem and a key player, in its own right, within the bowels of the Honored Society. Blood Brotherhoods is a book of breathtaking ambition. It blends archival detective work, passionate narrative, and shrewd analysis to bring Italy's unique criminal underworld, and the three terrifying criminal brotherhoods that have evolved within it, to life on the page. "--
  • "In Blood Brotherhoods John Dickie examines the myths surrounding the three largest and most violent mafia groups in Italy--the Camorra, Cosa Nostra, and 'ndrangheta--divulging the secrets, histories and documents of the real stories behind the Honored Society's most brutal crimes. Each of these brotherhoods has its own methods, its own dark rituals, its own style of ferocity and corruption. Yet violence is only the beginning. The mafias have corrupted Italy's institutions, drastically curtailed the life-chances of its citizens, evaded justice, and set up their own self-interested meddling as an alternative to the courts. The staggering reach of organized crime in Italy hangs over a nation racked by debt, political paralysis, and widespread corruption. The largest mafia factions control much of Europe's wholesale cocaine trade and about three percent of Italy's total GDP"--
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1963-
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Dickie, John
Dewey number
364.1060945/8
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mafia
  • 'Ndrangheta
  • Camorra
  • Organized crime
  • TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime
  • HISTORY / Europe / Italy
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
Label
Blood brotherhoods : a history of Italy's three mafias, John Dickie
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
BK0013846276
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xlv, 748 p.
Isbn
9781610394277
Lccn
2014001947
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Blood brotherhoods : a history of Italy's three mafias, John Dickie
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
BK0013846276
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xlv, 748 p.
Isbn
9781610394277
Lccn
2014001947
Other physical details
ill.

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