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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Journalist Dickie (Italian studies, University Coll., London) has written a fascinating history of the Mafia in Sicily from the 1860s through the early 21st century. Having emerged in and around ... 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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John Dickie is Senior Lecturer in Italian, University College London, and is the author of Darkest Italy: The Nation and Stereotypes of the Mezzogiorno, 1860-1900.

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