History

Into the Heart of the Mafia

A Journey Through the Italian South

Author: David Lane

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847651992

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 9276

Lane shows how globalisation has transformed the Mafia into more than simply a local phenomenon. It describes in painful detail the daily accommodation to Mafia pressure endured by priests, politicians and prosecutors, businessmen, trade unionists and ordinary citizens. At the same time he incorporates a portrait of the South's long and tumultuous history and powerful flavours to provide a richly coloured portrait of a European region under siege.
True Crime

Boss of Bosses

A Journey into the Heart of the Sicilian Mafia

Author: Clare Longrigg

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429953481

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

View: 6055

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.
History

Mafia

Inside the Dark Heart

Author: A.G.D. Maran

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780572360

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 3461

The pre-dawn arrests of the last remaining mafiosi in December 2008 signalled the end of the Sicilian Mafia as we know it. In Mafia: Inside the Dark Heart, A.G.D. Maran charts the complete history of the world's most infamous criminal organisation, from its first incarnation as an alternative form of local government in the Sicilian countryside and arguable force for 'good' to the more familiar form that has been immortalised in films such as The Godfather, and its final defeat after a long-awaited change of attitude by the Italian government. The author has used his many Italian contacts and a decade of exhaustive research to bring to life the story of the Sicilian Mafia while also exploring the links to the Cosa Nostra in America. Along the way, he asks many provocative questions, including: Why was Lucky Luciano, the father of modern organised crime, freed from a life sentence in America and deported to Italy, allowing him to organise the international drug trade? Was the Mafia involved in the death of Pope John Paul I? Why did the Mafia murder Roberto Calvi, known as God's Banker? What is the relationship between the Mafia and Freemasonry? Why did successive Italian governments fail to tackle the Mafia? Why did it take 40 years to find the Last Godfathers? These and many other riveting issues are covered in Maran's refreshing new take on a perennially enthralling subject.
True Crime

The Honoured Society

My Journey to the Heart of the Mafia

Author: Petra Reski

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857899295

Category: True Crime

Page: 300

View: 1158

In the early hours of an August morning a gunfight broke out in an Italian restaurant in Duisburg; in less than five minutes over seventy shots were fired into the bodies of six men. Both victims and assassins were members of the 'Ndrangheta crime organization; Calabria's Mafia had extended the savage tentacle of its influence outside Italy for the first time. For the men of the 'Ndrangheta, time is still measured in hour-glasses and honour may only be washed with blood. Petra Reski dispels the Hollywood romance surrounding the Mafia to reveal the huge and menacing force lurking everywhere - from street corner to parliament offices, construction site to corporate headquarters - and involved in everything from petty extortion to the disposal of nuclear waste. Reski's searing portrait of the criminals who have come to control not only Italy but vast swathes of Europe, is a journalistic tour de force.
Political Science

Mafia-Leben

Liebe, Geld und Tod im Herzen des organisierten Verbrechens

Author: Federico Varese

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406700470

Category: Political Science

Page: 335

View: 6271

Was würden Sie tun, wenn Sie das Gefühl haben, dass Ihr Chef Sie gern loswerden möchte, in Ihrem Unternehmen aber leider die übliche Form der Entlassung nicht die Kündigung, sondern die Ermordung ist? Halten Sie es für besonders klug, einem Mafioso, der für seine Brutalität bekannt ist, ein Paket mit faulen Anleihen anzudrehen? Oder Ihrer Frau auszuplaudern, wer alles bei der Cosa Nostra nach Ihrer Pfeife tanzt, um Eindruck zu schinden? Federico Varese berichtet in seinem spannenden Buch vom Leben und Sterben der Mafiosi, das er so nah und privat erkundet hat wie kaum jemand vor ihm. Die Mafia ist eine verschlossene Welt voller Gewalt und Härte, in die kein Außenstehender je Einblick bekommt. Hinter den Mauern des Schweigens aber gibt es eine Gemeinschaft mit eigenen Regeln und Werten – und es gibt das Mafia-Leben. Federico Varese hat sich tief ins Herz des organisierten Verbrechens gewagt und kennt Gangster in Italien, Russland, Hongkong und Japan. Sein Buch gibt einen intimen Einblick in die Lebensweise der Mafiosi: die bizarren Rituale und schmutzigen Geschäfte, das Familienleben und den beruflichen Stress, das Sexualleben und die unerfreulichen Todesarten jener Männer, die zu den gefährlichsten Menschen der Welt gehören.
Performing Arts

The Dark Heart of Hollywood

Glamour, Guns and Gambling – Inside the Mafia's Global Empire

Author: Douglas Thompson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780574576

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 7898

This book reveals the sinister true story of the Mafia in Hollywood. Crammed with legends, myths, murders, madness, mayhem, superstar tantrums, super-sexed starlets, power brokers and politics, it is an ambitious account of Hollywood’s hidden history, from the rogue cops who took on the Mob on the streets of Los Angeles to the stars who became stars because Mafia Godfathers said they would. In The Dark Heart of Hollywood, seasoned crime and entertainment writer Douglas Thompson reveals how all is masterminded by the money-obsessed Mafia, for whom everything and everyone is simply a commodity. The intense saga charges across America: from Hollywood bedrooms to the Oval Office, from California’s twenty-first century computer capital to the cocaine-connection HQs stretching from the Sunset Strip to Marseilles, Milan, Moscow, Tokyo and Beijing. In this magnificent and highly compelling volume, Hollywood is unveiled as Tinseltown without the tinsel.
Travel

The Rough Guide to Sicily

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 0241008077

Category: Travel

Page: 416

View: 6245

The new-look Rough Guide to Sicily - now in full colour throughout - is the ultimate travel guide to the Mediterranean's most captivating island. Discover the highlights of Sicily through stunning photography, colour coded street maps, and detailed listings of hotels, B&Bs, campsites, restaurants, cafes and bars. Climb the active volcanoes of Etna, Stromboli and Vulcano; laze on unspoilt beaches; dive the waters of Ustica and the Aeolian islands; see the ancient Greek temples of Agrigento, Segesta and Selinunte, and the world's first bikinis at the Roman Villa of Piazza Armerina. Sample the streetfood of Palermo, the markets of Catania and the island city of Siracusa, and follow in the footsteps of TV detective Montalbano, to the glorious Baroque towns of the Val di Noto. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Sicily. Now available in ePub format.
True Crime

The Last Godfathers

Inside the Mafia's Most Infamous Family

Author: John Follain

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429935418

Category: True Crime

Page: 368

View: 6773

The Last Godfathers charts the spectacular rise and the fall of one of the richest and most powerful criminal organizations in history, the Sicilian mafia's Corleone clan. From humble origins in the town of Corleone, they manipulated the Cosa Nostra's code of honor—deceiving and bludgeoning to the summit of the secret brotherhood, purging rivals and launching terrorist campaigns which decimated anti-mafia judges, police and politicians. Journalist John Follian focuses on the three godfathers who headed the clan from the 1950s on. Luciano "The Professor" Leggio, Salvator "The Beast" Riina and Bernardo "The Tractor" Provenzano—who forged a vicious gang bent on the subversion of democracy. Cutting through the romantic aura of Hollywood films, The Last Godfathers portrays the true face of the Corleone mob, delving into the bloody facts behind the myth of the modern mafia.
True Crime

Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia

Author: John Dickie

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466893052

Category: True Crime

Page: 400

View: 1925

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.
True Crime

Mafia Life

Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime

Author: Federico Varese

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782830553

Category: True Crime

Page: 279

View: 8005

We see mafias as vast, powerful organisations, harvesting billions of dollars across the globe and wrapping its tentacles around everything from governance to finance. But is this the truth? Travelling from mafia initiation ceremonies in far-flung Russian cities to elite gambling clubs in downtown Macau, Federico Varese sets off in search of answers. Using wiretapped conversations, interviews and previously unpublished police records, he builds up a picture of the real men and women caught up in mafia life, showing their loves and fears, ambitions and disappointments, as well as their crimes. Mafia Life takes us into the real world of organised crime, where mafia henchmen worry about their bad managers and have high blood pressure, assassinations are bungled as often as they come off, and increasing pressure from law enforcement means that a life of crime is no longer lived in the lap of luxury. As our world changes, so must the mafia. Globalisation, migration and technology are disrupting their traditions and threatening their revenue streams, and the mafiosi must evolve or die. Mafia Life is an intense and totally compelling look at an organisation and the daily life of its members, as it gets to grips with the modern world. Out now in paperback.
True Crime

Mafia Inc.

The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada's Sicilian Clan

Author: Andre Cedilot,Andre Noel

Publisher: Random House Canada

ISBN: 0307360423

Category: True Crime

Page: 544

View: 3873

The runaway bestselling exposé about Canada's most infamous mafia family is finally available in English, updated to include shocking events and revelations that followed its newsmaking publication in Québec. Queens, New York, 1981. When Alphonse "Sonny Red" Indelicato and two others are found dead in a vacant lot, police fail to solve their murders. For their killer and his Montréal family, their deaths mark the beginning of an epic rise to criminal power that will last over thirty years. But in the mid-2000s, having escaped justice for decades, father and son Nicolo and Vito Rizzuto are finally arrested and convicted, one in Montréal and one in the United States. Meanwhile, deep inside the heart of their family, struck hard by a series of carefully plotted executions, the epic continues. Updated and available for the first time in English, Mafia Inc.--a major bestseller even before the 2010 assassination of Nicolo Rizzuto--reveals how the Rizzuto clan built their Canadian empire through force and corruption, alliances and compromises, and turned it into one of the most powerful criminal organizations in North America. Relying on extensive court documents, police sources and sources in the family's home village in Sicily, Montréal journalists André Cédilot and André Noël reconstruct the history of the Rizzuto clan, and expose how its business extends throughout Canada and the world, shaping the criminal underworld, influencing politicians and bending the will of business leaders to their own self-satisfying ends. From the Hardcover edition.
History

Cosa Nostra

Die Geschichte der Mafia

Author: John Dickie

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104029539

Category: History

Page: 576

View: 7723

John Dickie erzählt in seinem internationalen Bestseller die spannende Geschichte der Mafia von ihren Anfängen in den Olivenhainen Siziliens, über ihre Erfolgsgeschichte in den USA bis hin zu ihrem Ausbau zur global operierenden Holding. Von den Regeln, die die Organisation der "Ehrenmänner" im Innersten zusammenhalten, von ihren Initiationsriten, ihren Strategien und Kooperationspartnern in Staat, Gesellschaft und Kirche. Wenn Sie glauben, alles über die Mafia zu wissen, irren Sie sich! Erweitert und aktualisiert: mit einem Extra-Kapitel zur Festnahme von Bernardo Provenzano im Jahr 2006. „ ́Cosa Nostra ́ liest sich wie ein Roman. Ich weiß nicht, was ich am meisten loben soll: Dickies Sorgfalt, Genauigkeit und seinen Scharfsinn als Historiker oder seine Lebhaftigkeit, seinen Schwung und seine Gewandtheit als Erzähler.“ Andrea Camilleri
Biography & Autobiography

The Brotherhoods

The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia

Author: Guy Lawson,William Oldham

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416523383

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 752

View: 2974

An insider account of the alleged criminal activities of two NYPD detectives contends that they worked for the mafia through a sophisticated network of hierarchies and conduct codes that brought about the torture and murders of numerous federal agents and fellow officers. Reprint.
Political Science

Drugs in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law [3 volumes]

Author: Nancy E. Marion,Willard M. Oliver

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610695968

Category: Political Science

Page: 1163

View: 4099

Containing more than 450 entries, this easy-to-read encyclopedia provides concise information about the history of and recent trends in drug use and drug abuse in the United States—a societal problem with an estimated cost of $559 billion a year. • Contains more than 450 detailed entries on topics ranging from drugs themselves—such as alcohol, codeine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines—to key individuals like Harry Anslinger to organizations such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) • Covers the latest developments in U.S. policies and public attitudes toward drugs and drug use • Provides citations with each entry to guide users to other valuable research resources • Features carefully selected primary documents—including excerpts from important laws, policies, and campaigns—that have shaped American drug policy over the decades
Self-Help

THE OCEAN MAFIA: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Author: Christopher Lane

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1304849589

Category: Self-Help

Page: 122

View: 1361

Jaime, a young professional surfer poised on the brink of fame, makes a single error of judgment that sends him spiraling to the dark side of his soul. Overcoming his mistake and climbing out of the quicksand of addiction will require the strength of a champion, and the heart of a warrior. In his struggle to return to greatness, Jaime must come to terms with the root of his problems, and the environment that has shaped him, as he learns new ways of living and being of service to others. Christopher Lane's third book and first work of fiction, The Ocean Mafia takes us on an intense, thrilling ride through the surfing subculture. In the process, it illuminates our capacity to create happiness or suffering through the choices we make. An enjoyable read for all ages, it combines suspense and spirituality, action and humor, and offers a map for navigating life's changing tides.
Political Science

At the Heart of Terror

Islam, Jihadists, and America's War on Terrorism

Author: Monte Palmer,Princess Palmer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742536029

Category: Political Science

Page: 293

View: 4608

This accessible and deeply informed book examines the threat that Muslim extremists pose to America and suggest steps that will facilitate U.S. efforts to defeat them.
History

The Mafia and the Allies

Sicily 1943 and the Return of the Mafia

Author: Ezio Costanzo

Publisher: Enigma Books

ISBN: 1936274949

Category: History

Page: 250

View: 2605

Within weeks of the Pearl Harbor attack and the declaration of war on the United States by Germany and Italy, US war plans included the defense of the East Coast and the invasion of Sicily. Here, Ezio Costanzo examines the many elements of this secret scenario, which included long-suppressed information about cooperation between the Mafia and the US Army. The results came in the aftermath of the invasion, during the new military government that gave many Mafia leaders important administrative positions. Seen from an Italian standpoint, the success of US forces is examined in detail and many questions are finally answered.
Health & Fitness

Heart Mafia

Bold Exposure of the Shameful Truth of India's Celebrated Cardiologists

Author: Dr. Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury

Publisher: Partridge Publishing India

ISBN: 1482833778

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 152

View: 8960

If you or any of your family member is suffering from Diabetes, High B.P., High Cholesterol, Obesity or a Heart disease ................................................................ just imagine one morning you wake up to know that you are no more on those drugs and are just as healthy as you were few years back.............................................. To know this read "Heart Mafia" A glimpse of the eye opening facts in "Heart Mafia" You may not die of the disease but of the treatment. Bypass surgery & Angioplasty is not for patients but for profit. Nobel Prize Winning Science to reverse a Life Style Disease. Is your cardiologist suffering from "Occulostenotic Reflex Syndrome"? Obesity an illness of mind.
Fiction

BRICK BOY MAFIA

THE HEART OF THE STREETS

Author: Mr. Mafia

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1468542346

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

View: 8861

Russell Readus is a local street hustler with big dreams of taking over his city. He struggles to survive in the gritty streets of Cashville, ten a key. With the help of his neighborhood friends and family, he becomes the heart of the streets and forms the most powerful and profitable crime family that the world has ever seen. Welcome to the cocaine reign of Mr. Mafia and the organization called Brick Boy Mafia.