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“The inspiration of far too much pulpy entertainment, the Italian mobsters under John Dickie's miscroscope in Cosa Nostra have long cultivated outsiders' tendencies to romanticize their supposed honor and loyalty. But Dickie demonstrates definitively that the centuries-old mafia has never been more than an illegal business and shadow state pursuing 'power and money by cultivating the art of killing people.'” ―The Washington Post
“His is the first truly definitive English-language study of this myth-laden subject, and it is a pleasure to read...his book is notable for shrewd judgments couched in language that is vibrantly memorable. His acquaintance with the island and his immersion in the wider modern Italian culture also allow him to convey the noxious atmo-sphere of corruption with flair.” ―Christopher Sylvester, The Sunday Times (London)
“A serious contribution to modern Italian history . . . it can be safely predicted that Dickie's book will be a sensation, not least because it has a dozen potential movies in it.” ―Clive James, Times Literary Supplement
“I couldn't put it down. His archival sleuthing is yoked to his powerful, often coruscating storytelling to create a chilling account of the mafia's sinister, horrific reality.” ―John Guy, The Sunday Times
“Absorbing . . . He succeeds in being both opinionated and precise and has performed a necessary work of rebranding.” ―Financial Times
“Riveting” ―Sunday Telegraph
“Vibrant, muscular and highly readable.” ―Clare Longrigg, Guardian
“Lucid . . . grimly readable.” ―Daily Telegraph
“A brave work.” ―Mail on Sunday
“Highly readable . . . compelling. The narrative is entertaining and, at times, as chilling as the darkest crime fiction. It combines compelling horror with clear, rational analysis.” ―Glasgow Herald
“Cosa Nostra overflows with wonderful vignettes about mafia codes of conduct . . . engrossing.” ―John Naughton, 0 Word
“A fascinating book. Cosa Nostra combines scholarship with a rip-roaring read.” ―Sunday Herald
“Monumental and gripping.” ―Andrew Marr, BBC Radio 4's Start the Week
This book is very informative while captivating at the same time making it hard to put down. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially if interested in crime novels, history, or... Read morePublished 14 days ago by David Sciacca
This is an excellent introduction to the history of the Sicilian Mafia. The author offers plenty of information without overwhelming the reader and the entire book is written in a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alexander Kirby
Dickie has put in a great deal of research and the book is a useful introduction to the Sicilian Mafia. Unfortunately, he is a poor writer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas Fleming
Well written and engaging. My son used it for research but I'm enjoying it simply as a book.Published 6 months ago by Dessislava Boneva
Received Book Excellent, I unknowingly
At The Time worked for many of them !
A pretty solid history on the real Sicilian Mafia and not the mutant one that exists in America. A few chapters cover the mafia in America but only during the days of Prohibition... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Matt
Great book! If you have any interest in the mafia, this is a fantastic resource on the history.Published 9 months ago by Michelle Kroll
Loved this book. It was very informative and anecdotal. Some times these types of books can be a bit tedious. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Mcgowan