- 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)
The Honoured Society: The Sicilian Mafia Observed Paperback – 29 Aug 2003
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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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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.
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.
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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A fascinating read, well researched and beautifully written. Norman Lewis's admiration of the land and people of Sicily does not get in the way of a very intelligent analysis of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mjolnir
This book is the other half of Jared Diamond's Collapse. Diamond tells us what went wrong in collapsed societies but not who was responsible and how it was a whole population, for... Read morePublished 9 months ago by camac
Very interesting read covering political and social history of Sicily since about 1870.Published 15 months ago by Iain Donald
'Honour', intrigue, murder and terror in the beautiful island of Sicily or how the Mafia prospered from the end of WW2.Published on 29 Jan. 2014 by George Sleator
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