Into the Heart of the Mafia: A Journey Through the Italian South

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Macmillan, Jun 8, 2010 - True Crime - 272 pages

In this investigation into the criminal underworld of the cities and villages of the Italian South, David Lane provides an unrivaled exposť of the operations of the Mafia today

From Naples, home of Mafia-controlled mozzarella and toxic waste, through the no less rotten Calabria, to Sicily, cradle of Cosa Nostra, the hold of the Mafia on Southern Italy is as strong as ever. Following a multi-decade career as a journalist in Italy, David Lane uses his extensive contacts into the world of organized crime to demonstrate how globalization has transformed the Mafia into more than simply a global phenomenon. In painful detail, Into the Heart of the Mafia describes the unceasing mafia pressure endured by priests and politicians, businessmen, trade unionists, and ordinary citizens, and the risks undertaken by the policemen, judges, and politicians who fight to weaken the Mafia's influence. A travelogue with the most deadly of implications, Into the Heart of the Mafia stands as a guide like no other into the darkest side of Italy.


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A tour of the southern areas of Italy held captive by organized crime.British journalist Lane (Berlusconi's Shadow: Crime, Justice and the Pursuit of Power, 2004), the business and financial ... Read full review


Mysteries and Mafiosi
GELA Modern Tyranny
CORLEONE Lawful Harvest
PALERMO Questions of Health
MESSINA Earthquakes and Institutions
GIOIATAURO Losing Business
SIBARI Migrants
OTRANTO Trafficking
EBOLI Roadworks
NAPLES Turf Wars
ROME Church and State
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DAVID LANE has written for The Guardian and the Financial Times, and since 1994 has been The Economist's business and financial correspondent for Italy. He has lived in Rome since 1972.

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