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Mafia Republic: Italy's Criminal Curse. Cosa Nostra, 'Ndrangheta and Camorra from 1946 to the Present Hardcover – 9 May 2013

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444726404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444726404
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,785 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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Chilling and eye-opening. (Bill Emmott The Times)

'I've been so unsettled by John Dickie's Mafia Republic - his angry and moving new history of the power of the Italian criminal fraternities since the Second World War.' (Samira Ahmed Big Issue)

REVIEWS FOR MAFIA BROTHERHOODS: (.)

His narrative bowls along, powered by the sort of muscular prose one associates with great detective fiction. An exhilarating history. (Financial Times)

'Exciting and well-written... like a 19th-century Sopranos'. (Shortlist)

'Fine social history and hair-raising true crime'. (Independent)

By shining a light so powerfully into the darkest recesses of mafia mythology and history, Dickie's new book will certainly provide a concrete tool in the anti-mafia struggle to which many Italians and Calabrians in Australia and Italy are passionately committed. (Australian Literary Review)

Magisterial ... absorbing. (Scotsman)

BLOOD BROTHERHOODS is almost certainly the most ambitious true-crime assignment ever. The result is a stunning success: a sprawling, powerful historical narrative that is the definitive story of Sicily's Mafia, the Camorra of Naples, and Calabria's 'Ndrangheta. (The Adelaide Advertiser)

Yet Dickie thinks there are "more reasons for optimism today than at any point in the past"... it's a point well made. (Financial Times)

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The author of the bestselling COSA NOSTRA and MAFIA BROTHERHOODS explores the terrifying consequences of the rise of the Italian mafias. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan H. Hansen on 8 Jun. 2013
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Very pleased with the book and have now a much better insight of how the mafia have infiltrated the governments and businesses around the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dott Ram on 25 Jun. 2014
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Another splendid engrossing book from John Dickie. He is quite simply the authority on organised crime in Italy. Mafia Republic not only deals with Cosa Nostra but with the Camorra and the 'Ndrangheta in a thorough, meticulous way. All other writers on the Mafia take note!
This book deals with organised crime mainly during the first republic - from the end of WW2 to 1990, how it grew and thrived with the connivance of the state. Excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Tony M. Morris on 1 April 2014
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An outstanding book. John Dickie's research of a difficult subject is second to none. It is written in an interesting, entertaining style. The absolute delight is that one does not have to be an academic to follow and appreciate the text. Every bit as good as his earlier book 'Cosa Nostra'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flower on 2 April 2014
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An entertaining, interesting, historical read which paints a picture of real people in your mind. It reads seamlessly as if you were there. John Dickie has done exceptional research to bring this dark history of Italy to life. Hard to put down. Worth reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Dummett on 22 May 2013
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This is an important book which sheds light upon the shadowy world of organised crime in Italy, the profits of which are estimated at 7% of the country's GDP. It describes the background and development since 1946 of the three main mafias (Cosa Nostra in Sicily, the Camorra in Campania and the 'ndrangheta in Calabria) and how they went on to affect the rest of Italy. It is a tortuous and complex subject which is presented outstandingly well, in clear, concise terms. Much of it reads like a thriller, as the stories unfold of a whole range of villainous characters and their heroic opponents, the antimafia judges and policemen. But it is only too real.

The book goes beyond being a history of crime when it analyses the "grey zone" between the mafia and legitimate society. This is the crux of the mafia problem; the inter-weaving of criminal, political and business interests.
The problem is not only the military wing of the mafia but the much larger white collar element. By penetrating the country's institutions the mafia influences much of public life to the detriment of the economy and democracy. It is a cancer that needs fighting with determination and consistency. Fortunately, the good news is that a small number of dedicated magistrates, policemen and politicians are making considerable progress. But to much of Italy, including in Rome, the concept of fighting the "grey zone" remains unpopular.

Professor Dickie has done a great job in putting all this together. The result is required reading on modern Italy: highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
I have really enjoyed JD's previous two books an was waiting till I could get my hands on a paperback version.
Just arrived and just finished it. At almost 500 pages it is a bit of a slog. Gone has the pacey narrative and it is just a meander through killing after killing, after assassination after extortion. Interesting if this had not been covered in the previous books in the series, but a bit samey through out. Characters are explored, but it just seems like a series of mafia fables, albeit no doubt true. For my money it could have lost at least 200 pages and have been a much punchier read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KDart on 9 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was first introduced to John Dickie's book 'Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia' a few years back, as I wanted to learn more about the roots of the Mafia. It was perfect - I couldn't put it down. It was easy to follow, yet detailed where it needed to be. And it had chills running up and down your spine, like a top crime thriller.

I then came across his second book which I was a little late to the scene with since I hadn't realised it was released. But promptly bought it when I found out about it. Again, hair raisingly good! This book explored a broader crime syndicate in Italy as well as Sicily (and is not a follow on from Cosa Nostra). It detailed accounts of the 'Ndraghetta (Calabria) and Camora (Naples) so you can expect a broader insight on each, but detailed and thoroughly researched nonetheless.

Mafia Republic is a follow on from Mafia Brotherhoods, and details the accounts of all three, post WWII (1946 to be precise; Mafia Brotherhoods discussed the beginnings of each upto 1946). I received my copy today - so have not read it, but reading the prologue and skimming through the book and looking at the images, I can tell this will be another fascinating read.

This book seems bigger than the other two. The previous two were in paperback mind you (this is available as hardback only currently - so that might be why). But the prologue details a very chilling account of victims of each syndicate. The book seems to have refocused more on the Sicilian Mafia again (but that's biased by what I saw reading the contents and looking at the pictures) but I'm looking forward to reading it nonetheless.

I'm not sure whether John Dickie will publish a fourth book on Italian Crime. I certainly hope so as his first two books on the subject have been excellent, and this one looks equally as good! But we will have to wait and see.
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Closely researched and well written this book is engaging and troubling at the same time, portraying a country which is deeply damaged, and some of the historical reasons for the present state of Italy. Highly recommended
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