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by John Dickie

BLOOD BROTHERHOODS is the enthralling new history of Italian organised crime by the author of the international bestseller COSA NOSTRA. Mafia. Camorra. 'Ndrangheta. The Sicilian mafia, or Cosa Nostra, is far from being Italy's only dangerous criminal fraternity. The south of the country hosts two other major mafias: the camorra, from Naples and its hinterland; and the 'ndrangheta, the mafia from the poor and isolated region of Calabria that has now risen to become the most powerful mob of all. Each of these brotherhoods has its own methods, its own dark rituals, its own style of ferocity and corruption. Their early history is little known; indeed some of it has been entirely shrouded in myth and silence until now. BLOOD BROTHERHOODS is a book of breathtaking ambition, charting the birth and rise of all three of Italy's mafias. It blends ground-breaking archival research, passionate narrative, and shrewd historical analysis to bring Italy's unique 'criminal ecosystem', and the three terrifying criminal brotherhoods that evolved within it, to life on the page. Published in paperback in February 2012 as MAFIA BROTHERHOODS.
Download Blood Brotherhoods: The Rise of the Italian Mafias epub
ISBN: 0340963921
ISBN13: 978-0340963920
Category: No category
Author: John Dickie
Language: English
Publisher: Sceptre; First Edition edition (June 1, 2011)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1630 kb
FB2 size: 1122 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 157
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Der Bat
Great stories and lots of info but I lost the red thread few times. There is lots of good stuff in this book, but somehow it felt like the structure could have helped me a bit more. That would have lifted it to a four star

I loved the way the author had digged back into history and presented the findings in the historical context.

However, personally, I would have preferred to create my own impression of some of the "main characters" instead of being told that he ro she was so and so heroic/brave/honest

Bottom line: Would I read another book about (Italian) organized crime by this author. Yes, I think I would.
The sources are majorly based on court, police and military documents.
There are practically no other sources that originate from the civil society, press included.
What this shows quite clearly only confirms the enormous grip on the community and citizens that criminal groups may exert by basing their strategy on intimidation, physical violence and corruption of proeminent members of the legal society.
The Italian society is largely influenced by the notions of family and religion - these criminal societies took hold of that as well, as a means to foster acceptance. It is amazing that violent, greedy, unscrupulous and ruthless people get away with being associated with "honor" and "respect".
This book helps in understanding how that came about.
Good reading.
Simple fellow
Very good knit together of the subject with mainstream Italian history - provides context for the one and a quick overview of the 100 years from 1850 to 1950 on the other. Like the links with North America and the trans continental flavour of the relations between the 2 countries and their organised crime syndicates. No punches pulled on the organisations in terms of critique - no romanticism about brotherhoods and benefits to society - just an exposé of evil, greed and the nastiness of human nature. Legitimate political relationships to organised crime in Italy was/is scary and the laying bare of that twilight zone of who is in and who is clean makes for uncomfortable reading. Liked especially the account of life after the Allied invasion of 1942 and the corruption that came with AMGOT particularly in Naples - the more things change........ This is a page turner and a great introduction to this perplexing piece of Italian life especially for those who like Italy but not this part of her.