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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (8 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034093526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340935262
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Dickie is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London. He is an internationally recognised specialist on many aspects of Italian history.

His works include Cosa Nostra. A History of the Sicilian Mafia, which has sold over 750,000 copies since it was first published in 2004, and Delizia! The Epic History of the Italians and their Food (2007), which has also been translated into many languages.

His latest book is Blood Brotherhoods: the Rise of the Italian Mafias, scheduled for publication in June 2011.

For more on John Dickie visit: http://www.johndickie.net/


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Irvine Walsh on 26 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I read one review here on Amazon claiming that this book is rushed and badly researched, and instead recommending Excellent Cadavers by Alexander Stille. I find these claims strange and irresponsible as Cosa Nostra is excellently written in fluid and engaging prose, Dickie's sources are as sound as a pound (the book features an extensive bibliography for a work of popular history), and Stille's (excellent) novel could not hope to fill the same niche as Dickie's.

Comparing Cosa Nostra to Excellent Cadavers is like comparing a Simon Schama book (ie, History of Britain) to an Alison Weir one (ie Henry VIII King and Court). Both relate to British History, but one is far more focused and specific than the other. Excellent Cadavers was an account of Falcone's maxi trial and it's fallout, whereas Cosa Nostra is a rounded history of the organisation. The clue's in the title (well, subtitle, but you know what I mean).

This is a novel worth reading. Don't be put off by the snobs who seem to deride everything accessible as being simplistic; this work is anything but, and yet eminently easy and enjoyable to read.

4.5 stars, so I'll round it to five, eh?
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Groovieshoes on 15 Mar 2005
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I bought this book to learn a bit more about the History of the Mafia in Sicily as I planned to go on holiday there & like reading about the places I am going. I expected the book to be a bit heavy in parts and possibly dry but good in other parts HOWEVER it was a total surprise it was a great book, totally absorbing from beginning to end so fascinating you wanted to keep reading and reading - I learnt so much I didnt know about this intriging subject. So dont be put off by the historical side of it - it is FASCINATING READ!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Nov 2006
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The praise given by critics and reviewers when this book was first published in 2004 are easily understood and justified when reading it in paperback format. While many earlier books have largely relied on a review of recent Sicilian history and events post WWII (Norman Lewis, Claire Sterling) or focussing on a very specific area (such as Alex Stille's "Excellent Cadavers" on the story of investigating magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino), this is the first real recent effort I know of in English to write a full history of the Sicilian Mafia under its correct name of Cosa Nostra. This is faciltated by the recent outpouring of Italian writings based on the vast amount of new information and evidence now available and which Dickie fully acknowledges in his book. In addition Dickie has also researched a number of historical sources and reports which have been largely ignored by previous English language writers.

What really places this book above the rest is:

Dickie has proven much better at covering the 19th century foundation of Cosa Nostra (and its earlier roots in Sicilian society) and then tracking this organisation's development of being a very tightly controlled killing machine exterminating any competition through the 20th century to date - the fact that nearly half of the book is devoted to the period before the end of WWII reflects this approach.

He has avoided the trap of spending too much time covering the US Mafia with its well known more public image and history, instead only referring to it as it actually impacts and helps our understanding of the Sicilian society's history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Lund on 30 Sep 2005
Format: Paperback
I was recommended this book as a good holiday read. I read it in two days by the pool but it's a brilliant diversion for any time.
It focuses on Sicily and the real history of the Sicilian Mafia, only touching on other places (e.g. the American mafia) as and when the action there is led by / impacts on the Sicilian 'men of honour'. He starts in the early 19C right up to 2004, discussing Berlusconi and some of his 'tainted' associates...
Dickie is an excellent writer. I can't stand cliches or bad grammar etc but his prose is as fluid as a novel. I also found it helped that he is English, so currency conversions are all to pounds and he uses English analogies (e.g. when explaining how the word 'mafia' is now used across the world, for the Russian mafia, Japanese mafia etc, he likens it to using the word Hoover for all vacuum cleaners!).
The writing is detailed, meticulous and fascinating. I've recommended it to all my friends and really believe this is a book worth reading.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Victoria on 16 Feb 2004
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This fascinating book on the history of the Sicilian Mafia kept me up all night reading! It is rare for a non-fiction book--a historical one at that--to be so gripping while never falling into a sensationalized version of the facts. The book was an impulse buy, since the subject matter had never held great fascination for me. But it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in a long time. In addition to giving an obviously well-researched history of this shadowy organization, Mr. Dickie deals with many long-cherished myths about the Mafia--such as Lucky Luciano's fabled landing with Allied troops in Sicily during WWII--and gives solid reasons why we should, or shouldn't, believe them. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the subject matter--and also to those who think that they don't!
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