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Blood Brotherhoods: The Rise of the Italian Mafias

John Dickie

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True crime, Prose: non-fiction, Fiction, History

The author of the bestselling COSA NOSTRA explores the previously underexposed mafias of Southern Italy.

BLOOD BROTHERHOODS is the enthralling new history of Italian organised crime by the author of the international acclaimed bestseller COSA NOSTRA.

The Sicilian mafia is far from being Italy s most powerful and 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 of Calabria. Each has its own dark rituals, style of ferocity and corruption.

John Dickie examines the myth surrounding these mafia groups and exposes how all three have competed and collaborated with one another, and occasionally descended into all-out war.

BLOOD BROTHERHOODS blends archival sleuthing, vivid story-telling and shrewd historical analysis to tell the story of Italy s criminal ecosystem - and the three terrifying criminal brotherhoods that have evolved within it.

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Praise for Blood Brotherhoods: The Rise of the Italian Mafias

  • Dogged...a brave work. This is the first history of the Sicilian Mafia to be written by a non-Italian. It gives John Dickie a neccesary detachment, frosty and undeceived. - Mail on Sunday

  • I couldn't put it down. His archival sleuthing is yoked to his powerful , often coruscating story-telling to create a sinister, horrific reality. - John Guy, The Sunday Times

  • Monumental and gripping - Andrew Marr, BBC Start the Week

  • Combines scholarship with a rip-roaring read - Sunday Herald

  • Reviews for COSA NOSTRA: - .

  • 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, it plays out like a 19th-century Sopranos'. - Shortlist

  • Both fine social history and hair-raising true crime, this account of the Italian underworld clans tells a grimly fascinating tale. - Independent

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John Dickie is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London and an internationally recognised expert on many aspects of Italian history. In 2005 he was awarded the title Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana. He is the author of five books, including DELIZIA! which won the special commendation Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards, and in France was voted food book of the year in RTL/Lire magazine's prestigious poll. COSA NOSTRA, his history of the Sicilian mafia, has been translated into twenty-one languages, has sold over 750,000 copies, and won the Crime Writers' Association Award for Non-Fiction.

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