The Rise of the Italian Mafias
By John Dickie
The author of the bestselling COSA NOSTRA explores the previously underexposed mafias of Southern Italy.
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.
John Dickie is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London and an internationally recognised expert on many aspects of Italian history. In 2005 he was awarded the title Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana.
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09 Jun 2011
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His narrative bowls along, powered by the sort of muscular prose one associates with great detective fiction. An exhilarating history. — Financial Times
'Exciting and well-written, it plays out like a 19th-century Sopranos'. — Shortlist
Both fine social history and hair-raising true crime, this account of the Italian underworld clans tells a grimly fascinating tale. — Independent
Combines his trademark of scholarly documentation with a rattling good read. — Matthew Fort
Chilling but essential reading if you want to understand the mindset of the darkest elements of Italian life. — RTE Guide
By shining a light so powerfully into the darkest recesses of mafia mythology and history, Dickie's new book will certainly provide a concrete tool in the anti-mafia struggle to which many Italians and Calabrians in Australia and Italy are passionately committed. — Australian Literary Review