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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

John Dickie is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London. Hodder & Stoughton published his Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia in 2004, to ecstatic reviews. It became an international bestseller, with over 20 translations, and won the CWA Dagger Award for Non-fiction that year. Since then he has published Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and their Food (2007) - now a six-part TV series for HIstory Channel Italia and other networks worldwide. His most recent books are Mafia Brotherhoods (2011) and Mafia Republic: Italy's Criminal Curse (2013).

In 2005 the President of the Italian Republic appointed him a Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana.

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