Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 - History - 370 pages
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The Italian-American mafia has its roots in a mysterious and powerful criminal network in Sicily. While the mythology of the mafia has been widely celebrated in American culture, the true origins of its rituals, laws, and methods have never actually been revealed. John Dickie uses startling new research to expose the secrets of the Sicilian mafia, providing a fascinating account that is more violent, frightening, and darkly comic than anything conceived in popular movies and novels. How did the Sicilian mafia begin? How did it achieve its powerful grip in Italy and America? How does it operate today? From the mafia's origins in the 1860s to its current tense relationship with the Berlusconi government, "Cosa Nostra" takes us to the inner sanctum where few have dared to go before. This is an important work of history and a revelation for anyone who ever wondered what it means to be "made" in the mob.
  

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User Review  - aadyer - LibraryThing

A very good history detailing the rise & continuance of the Mafia. More than a history of Sicily & southern Italian corruption, more of a detailed historical, sociological account of this particular ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lloyd Dean - Goodreads

A must read for any fanatic of a mafia film. This books gives a detailed outline on the history of Cosa Nostra and provides wonderful anecdotes against evidence. It is unfair to judge this in its lack ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
13
Introduction
21
Men of Honour
27
1 The Genesis of the Mafia 18601876
35
2 The Mafia Enters the Italian System 18761890
69
3 Corruption in High Places 18901904
87
4 Socialism Fascism Mafia 18931943
131
5 The Mafia Establishes Itself in America 19001941
161
8 The First Mafia War and its Consequences 19621969
241
9 The Origins of the Second Mafia War 19701982
259
10 Terra Infidelium 19831992
293
11 Bombs and Submersion 19922003
311
Acknowledgements
339
Picture Acknowledgements
342
Bibliography
343
Notes on Sources
355

6 War and Rebirth 19431950
191
7 God Concrete Heroin and Cosa Nostra 19501963
217

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About the author (2004)

John Dickie lectures in Italian Studies at University College London. "Cosa Nostra", his award-winning history of the Sicilian mafia, has been translated into twenty languages and has sold nearly half a million copies throughout the world; it was hailed in Italy as the best book ever written about the Mafia. In 2005 the president of the Italian Republic appointed him a Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana. He lives in London with his family .

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