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Blood Brotherhoods is the enthralling new history of Italian organised crime by the author of the international best seller Cosa Nostra

Mafia. Camorra. 'Ndrangheta.

The Sicilian mafia, or Cosa Nostra, is far from being Italy's only dangerous criminal fraternity. The south of the country hosts two other major mafias: the camorra, from Naples and its hinterland and the 'ndrangheta, the mafia from the poor and isolated region of Calabria that has now risen to become the most powerful mob of all.

Each of these brotherhoods has its own methods, its own dark rituals, its own style of ferocity and corruption. Their early history is little known, indeed some of it has been entirely shrouded in myth and silence until now.  

Blood Brotherhoods is a work of breathtaking ambition, charting the birth and rise of all three of Italy's mafias. It blends ground-breaking archival research, passionate narrative and shrewd historical analysis to bring Italy's unique 'criminal ecosystem' and the three terrifying criminal brotherhoods that evolved within it to life.

©2011 John Dickie (P)2011 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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A superb book.

Fascinating and well written. Incredible depth of knowledge on the subject, written in a dry and cynical tone (which I mean as a great compliment).

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Good book, good performance

Detailed overview of 19th and early 20th century organised crime in Italy. The developments during the following years are treated with the same thoroughness in Mafia Republic. The narrator pronounces Italian words correctly.