Boss of Bosses: A Journey into the Heart of the Sicilian Mafia

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Macmillan, Mar 31, 2009 - True Crime - 320 pages
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In the 1980s, the broad legal mandate of the RICO act succeeded in crushing much of the backbone of the traditional American Mafia. Across the ocean however, in the ancestral Sicilian homeland of La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia was anything but finished. Possessed of a power thought to rival that of the Italian state itself, for the past decades, the Sicilian Mafia has waged a war on the forces of law and order that has not only left thousands dead, but has created a ripple effect of crime and violence that can be felt on the streets of America's cities today.
Taking us into the eye of this criminal storm, Boss of Bosses tells the story of Bernardo Provenzano, who rose from humble origins to become the head of the Sicilian Mafia, overseeing a deadly empire of corruption so large in scope, the full sweep of its dark reach has yet to be fully accounted. On the run for over 43 years before his arrest, Provenzano's life is a testament to Mafia history, and typifies the code of the ultimate gangster.

 

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Extremly well written, detailed, structure of the book thought out. I've read many crime biographies and business books and this is by far the best one. Bravo.

Contents

Introduction
3
1 Corleone bandits
12
2 Palermo ambitions
28
3 Love and title deeds
43
4 Bagherias feudal lord
53
5 The split
67
6 Family matters
85
7 Goodbye Toṭ
100
12 Treacherous friends
176
13 Letters home
188
14 Spies and leaks
202
15 Prostate trouble
217
16 The net tightens
233
17 The arrest
249
Epilogue
261
Sources and notes
270

8 The regent
117
9 A new strategy
129
10 A management handbook for the aspiring Mafia boss
144
11 Politics for Pragmatists
162
Bibliography
286
Index
291
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The author of Mafia Women and No Questions Asked, CLARE LONGRIGG is perhaps the leading British expert on the Mafia. In this new biography she draws on her vast experience and wide range of contacts to paint a portrait of a secretive and immensely powerful man, who for decades controlled the Mafia with an iron hand.

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