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: 8989

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: 9528

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: 9645

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.
Social Science

Mafia Life

Love, Death, and Money at the Heart of Organized Crime

Author: Federico Varese

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190868937

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 2368

The Japanese Yakuza. The Chinese Triads. The Sicilian Cosa Nostra. The Calabrian N'Drangheta. The New York Mafia. The Russian Vory -v -Vakone.Today, mafias operate across the globe, with hundreds of thousands of members and billions of dollars in revenue. From Hong Kong to New York, these vast organizations spread their tentacles into politics, finance and everyday life. But what is it like to belong to the Mafia? How do you join? Whatdoes it do to your loved ones? How do you make it to the top? And what happens if you break the rules?Criminologist Federico Varese draws on a lifetime's research to give us access to some of the world's most secretive societies. Mixing reportage with case studies and historical insights, this is the story of mafia as it really is: filled with boredom and drama, death and disaster, ambition andbetrayal.Infiltrating initiation ceremonies from Russia to England, visiting exclusive gambling clubs in Macau and Mafia summits in Dubai luxury hotels, Varese builds up a unique picture of life in the mafia from the inside.
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: 3625

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.
True Crime

The Honored Society

A Portrait of Italy's Most Powerful Mafia

Author: Petra Reski

Publisher: Nation Books

ISBN: 1568589697

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

View: 3936

In the early hours of an August 2007 morning a gunfight broke out in an Italian restaurant in Duisburg, Germany; in less than five minutes over seventy shots were fired into the bodies of six men. Both the victims and the assassins were members of the 'Ndrangheta crime organization. Calabria's Mafia had brazenly shown its savage influence outside Italy for the first time. In The Honored Society award-winning investigative reporter Petra Reski reveals the Mafia menace lurking throughout the world-- from espresso bars in Palermo to European halls of parliament to the corporate headquarters of enormous agricultural firms. In haunting and exquisite prose she explores the Byzantine structure of the 'Ndrangheta, Cosa Nostra and other mafia clans throughout Italy -- the code they live by, the destruction they wreak, how they operate within the country and how they operate internationally. She shows how these syndicates dominate everything from nuclear waste disposal to hotel chains to the marijuana trade in Australia and cocaine trafficked throughout the world. Reski shows how figures such as Silvio Berlusconi were made by the Mafia, and how those who dared to defy its codes were broken. A searing portrait of the criminals who have come to control not only Italy but vast swathes of the globe, The Honored Society is a journalistic tour de force.
Biography & Autobiography

Blood Covenant

The Story of the "Mafia Prince" Who Publicly Quit the Mob and Lived

Author: Michael Franzese

Publisher: Whitaker House

ISBN: 160374195X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 646

Mob boss Michael Franzese had it all—money, power, prestige. From the time he took a blood oath that bound him body and soul to New York’s Colombo crime family, Franzese became a force to be reckoned with in organized crime. Named by Vanity Fair as one of the biggest moneymakers in the mob since Al Capone, he quickly crept into the upper echelon of Mafia authority in this country. By the age of thirty-five, he was the youngest mobster listed on Fortune magazine’s survey of the fifty most wealthy and powerful Mafia bosses in America. Then, he did the unthinkable: he quit the mob. Today, Michael is a Christian, finding his own Damascus Road that began with his wife Camille. The story of his conversion is a testament of God’s willingness to reach into the heart of any man regardless of their past or the present condition of their lives. In one of the most fascinating books ever written about today’s Mafia, Michael reveals the answers to the many mysteries surrounding his incredible life. Find out how and why he did what no one else managed to do—and live. Journey with Michael through a life defined by two blood covenants. The first bound him to the mob. The second set him free.
Biography & Autobiography

No Questions Asked

The Secret Life of Women In the Mob

Author: Clare Longrigg

Publisher: Miramax

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 270

View: 9647

Provides a look at the lives of women in the American Mafia, with profiles of Lana Zancocchio, the daughter of the Bonanno family consigliere, and Camille Varacalli, who plays a key role in her husband's criminal activities.
History

Excellent Cadavers

The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic

Author: Alexander Stille

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679768637

Category: History

Page: 467

View: 6435

A study of the relationship between the mafia and the Italian government exposes the hidden alliances that have shaped Italian politics since the end of World War II and details the investigations that revealed them. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
True Crime

The Good Mothers

The True Story of the Women Who Took On the World’s Most Powerful Mafia

Author: Alex Perry

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062655639

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

View: 9132

The electrifying, untold story of the women born into the most deadly and obscenely wealthy of the Italian mafias – and how they risked everything to bring it down. The Calabrian Mafia—known as the ’Ndrangheta—is one of the richest and most ruthless crime syndicates in the world, with branches stretching from America to Australia. It controls seventy percent of the cocaine and heroin supply in Europe, manages billion-dollar extortion rackets, brokers illegal arms deals—supplying weapons to criminals and terrorists—and plunders the treasuries of both Italy and the European Union. The ’Ndrangheta’s power derives from a macho mix of violence and silence—omertà. Yet it endures because of family ties: you are born into the syndicate, or you marry in. Loyalty is absolute. Bloodshed is revered. You go to prison or your grave and kill your own father, brother, sister, or mother in cold blood before you betray The Family. Accompanying the ’Ndrangheta’s reverence for tradition and history is a violent misogyny among its men. Women are viewed as chattel, bargaining chips for building and maintaining clan alliances and beatings—and worse—are routine. In 2009, after one abused ’Ndrangheta wife was murdered for turning state’s evidence, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti considered a tantalizing possibility: that the ’Ndrangheta’s sexism might be its greatest flaw—and her most effective weapon. Approaching two more mafia wives, Alessandra persuaded them to testify in return for a new future for themselves and their children. A feminist saga of true crime and justice, The Good Mothers is the riveting story of a high-stakes battle pitting a brilliant, driven woman fighting to save a nation against ruthless mafiosi fighting for their existence. Caught in the middle are three women fighting for their children and their lives. Not all will survive.
Criminal investigation

Boss of Bosses

Author: Clare Longrigg

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN: 9780719568480

Category: Criminal investigation

Page: 300

View: 2315

Taking readers into the eye of the Sicilian Mafia, "Boss of Bosses" tells the story of Bernardo Provenzano, the man who oversaw a deadly empire of corruption so large, the full sweep of its dark reach has yet to be fully accounted. b&w photo inserts.
Social Science

Takedown

The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire

Author: Rick Cowan,Douglas Century

Publisher: Putnam Adult

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 363

View: 4099

A NYPD detective describes his work as an undercover cop, in which role he infltrated a lethal mob cartel to uncover evidence of a conspiracy among the various mob families to extort billions of dollars from the nation's most influential corporations. 75,000 first printing.
Social Science

Lucky Luciano

The Rise and Fall of a Mob Boss

Author: William Donati

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786493437

Category: Social Science

Page: 303

View: 6301

"This book takes scholarship on Luciano to a new level. Topics include: the complex structure of the New York City bordellos and the takeover; his role in the expansion of the international heroin trade; and the shocking attempt to sexually frame a member of prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey's staff in a desperate bid to overturn Luciano's conviction"--Provided by publisher.
True Crime

Women of Honor

Madonnas, Godmothers and Informers in the Italian Mafia

Author: Milka Kahn,Anne Véron

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1849049270

Category: True Crime

Page: N.A

View: 5097

The role of women in the Italian mafias has long been overlooked. Reduced to victim status and relegated to domestic life in a male-dominated society, women serve as the mafia's respectable facade: virtuous and docile. It is hard to picture these immaculate figures married to and raising brutal killers. But, as Milka Kahn and Anne Véron reveal in this absorbing book, women have always been at the heart of Italy's criminal organizations, as the guarantors of mafia culture. While the men are behind bars or on the run, it is left to their wives and mothers to uphold and pass on the 'family values'. Once widowed, they push their sons to vendetta; they are increasingly becoming others become mafia chiefs in their own right. Yet many also decide to risk their lives and break with 'the Family', collaborating with the authorities and renouncing mafia society in search of a normal life. So who are these women? Are they pure Madonnas, or dangerous Godmothers? Women of Honor paints a complex and fascinating portrait through extremely rare interviews with the women themselves, who have overcome a culture of silence to share their extraordinary lives.
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: 6839

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.
Fiction

The Death Of A Mafia Don

Author: Michele Giuttari

Publisher: Abacus

ISBN: 0748111999

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3949

A bomb explodes in the centre of Florence, hitting the car of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara of the elite Squadra Mobile. The attack rocks the ancient city to its foundations. Ferrara was clearly the target - and he did, after all, just controversially imprison notorious Mafia boss Salvatore Laprua. A week later, another bomb explodes - bringing tragedy for Ferrara and a determination to find the culprit. But that same morning, Salvatore Laprua is found dead in his prison cell. So who is the mysterious influence behind the bombings - someone even the Mafia fear? An ingenious, gripping mystery, The Death of a Mafia Don has been a bestseller in Italy and across Europe. Written by former Florence police chief Michele Giuttari, it offers a fascinating insight into the secret world of the Mafia, and life in Florence. Originally published in Italian as Il Basilico.
True Crime

Mobfather

The Story of a Wife and a Son Caught in the Web of the Mafia

Author: George Anastasia

Publisher: Camino Books Incorporated

ISBN: 9780940159990

Category: True Crime

Page: 292

View: 4066

George Anastasia [is] our most important chronicler of the decline and fall of Italian Americas dark glory, La Cosa Nostra. Bill Tonelli, former editor, Esquire and Rolling Stone
History

Gladio, Nato's Dagger at the Heart of Europe

The Pentagon-Nazi-Mafia Terror Axis

Author: Richard Cottrell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615776887

Category: History

Page: 498

View: 9729

In this ground-breaking work of investigative journalism, Richard Cottrell lays bare a web of evil in high places. The recent paedophile Saville scandal in London was foreshadowed by rampant abuses in Belgium, fiefdom of NATO. Their purpose: to subvert democracy through blackmail. The recent wars in the Middle East, like the attack on Libya in 2011, also laid bare the iron fist behind the velvet glove of slogans like "human rights" and "international community". Like the destruction of Yugoslavia and the rape of Afghanistan, the destruction of Libya was carried out under the aegis of NATO. And what is NATO? Richard Cottrell tells the story of mayhem and murder, of corruption and subversion of democracy, behind this "alliance" against decency and democracy. Masquerading as a rear guard against Soviet invaders, NATOs covert forces warped into psychological and physical terrorism. These were the 'years of lead', in which hundreds perished in a synthetic war in the streets of Europe. NATO commander General Lyman Lemnitzer ordered serial attacks on French president Charles de Gaulle. Sacked from the Pentagon by John F Kennedy for rank insubordination, then exiled to Europe, Lemnitzer reaped revenge in Dallas. The secret armies forged bonds with organised crime and neo-fascists. NATO-backed coups struck down governments in Greece and Turkey; the island state of Cyprus was sundered amid bitter genocide. Urban guerrillas like the Red Brigades and the Baader-Meinhof Gang were cunningly manipulated. Italy gained a deep-state government, the ultra-secret P2 pseudo-Masonic lodge, founded by former Blackshirts. Swedish premier Olof Palme and Italian ex-PM Aldo Moro were assassinated. Pope John Paul II was shot by Turkish gangsters who had regular work as Gladio guns for hire. In 2009, a Gladio copy-cat outfit codenamed Ergenekon came to light in Turkey. The shootings in Norway in July 2011, and in Belgium, France and Italy in 2012, all bore the classic stripe of Gladio false-flag operations.
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: 515

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.
Fiction

Mafia Summer

A Novel

Author: E. Duke Vincent

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781596919273

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9531

One a Sicilian Hell's Kitchen gang leader, the other a sickly but brilliant Orthodox Jewish boy who lives next door, Vinny Vesta and Sidney Butcher meet on a fire escape during the blistering New York City summer of 1950. Their friendship develops over the course of a summer that will change Vinny's fortunes forever, at a cost he could never have imagined. Based on a true story, Mafia Summer brilliantly captures a pivotal moment in Mafia history and in the lives of the teenagers caught up by the Mob. "Influenced more by Billy Bathgate than by The Godfather...Sweet, affectionate, and bloody: a glance backward to a well-spent youth."-Kirkus Reviews "E. Duke Vincent hits the target dead center with this first novel set on the bloody streets of Hell's Kitchen. A mini-epic, complete with a full-scale crime war, Mafia Summer remains a detailed tale of friendship and of the best kind of loyalty. A masterful performance."-Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers and Paradise City "One of the best books on the mafia I have ever read. Right up there with The Godfather."-New York Times bestselling author Jack Higgins