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The Honoured Society: The Sicilian Mafia Observed Paperback – 29 Aug 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (29 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907871488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907871484
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 13.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Honoured Society is the most penetrating book ever written on the Mafia. -- Time Out

The Mafia observed by one of the great travel writers of our time. -- Eric Newby, Observer

This brilliant dissection of the Mafia, past and present, combines history, sociology, suspense, horror, and superb travel writing. -- Good Book Guide

every page is horribly absorbing -- The Times

About the Author

Norman Lewis is England's finest, living travel writer. He has written a dozen travel books, including such masterpieces as Naples'44, Golden Earth and A Dragon Apparent. He has also written thirteen novels. Lewis regards his life's major achievement to be the reaction to an article written by him entitled Genocide in Brazil, published in 1968. This led to a change in Brazilian law relating to the treatment of Indians, and to the formation of Survival International, which campaigns for the rights of indigenous peoples.


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The Mafia's origins in Sicily are detailed in this 1963 book written in the wake of the very first high-profile Mafia trials in Italy.
Informative, matter-of-fact, and chilling in its forensic detail, I recommend this book highly, and I look forward with great anticipation to reading Mr Lewis' other books.
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This is actually one of the books on the Mafia you SHOULD get. The main strong point being it's ability to explain the background of the mafia. It's also well written, this is good "story telling".
If you get this you should complement it with "Excellent Cadavers" by Alexander Stille. Together they give you enough information to navigate further. Both of them deal with the Sicilian mafia, but concentrate on different periods.
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In "The Honoured Society" Norman Lewis has produced a fascinating and absorbing account of the Sicilian Mafia. Really there can be no greater observer than Norman Lewis as he is the master travel writer. Lewis writes beautifully knows his subject well and sets it perfectly within its historical context and home.
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This much acclaimed book goes right to the heart of Sicilian culture and history to explain the roots of the Mafia's existence and why it came to exercise such power over the Sicilian peasantry, government, economy and administration in the past two hundred years. I learned a lot about the unique social characteristics of this mysterious and introspective island people and the evolution of "omerta", "vendetta" and ritualistic blood letting which sustained the Mafia's grip over almost every aspect of Sicilian life.

Various episodes associated with Sicily's transition from medieval to modern are described in great detail, including: Mussolini's suppression of Mafia influence during the 1920s and 30s; the collaboration with the Allies during the 2nd WW liberation; and the subsequent triangular bloody power struggles between the Mafioso, post war Sicilian Government and local banditry, most notably Salvatore Guiliano.
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If you want a definitive history of the infamous group of organized criminals that operate under the name of the Mafia , then this is the book to start with; a well documented and researched book
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Good study of mafia which should be required reading for those interested in a much misunderstood society. Stylishly written and full of surprises
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Cannot imagine anyone getting this book and being dissappointed. Totally terrific. Very deep insights into how the world works.
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very enjoyable glad i bought it a good read wanted it since watching a biographical series
on sky arts called corleone
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