An excellent account of two Sicilian prosecutors whose investigation of the Mafia led to the top levels of the Italian government and eventually, to their own murders.
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In Sicily, "excellent cadavers" are Mafia victims who also happen to be government officials. Excellent Cadavers is full of them, notably the courageous and tenacious prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. Throughout the 1980s, Falcone and Borsellino brought down more heat on the "men of honor" than anyone since Mussolini's handpicked "Iron Prefect." The two not only sent hundreds of gangsters to jail, they also exposed Mafia corruption of national political leaders that led to the indictments of two of Italy's best-known politicians, Bettino Craxi and Guilio Adreotti. The success of their investigations brought on reprisals by corrupt politicians designed to weaken police and prosecutors alike and ultimately led to their deaths. Falcone and Borsellino were assassinated by bombs in 1992, but their work brought to light revelations that are rattling the current Berlusconi administration. Stille has crafted an excellent book, deftly weaving complex threads of information about Italian, Sicilian, and Mafia history, Italian politics, and Italian jurisprudence into a highly readable narrative. Readers who enjoy books about the American Mafia will enjoy picking out the differences and similarities between the Sicilian original and its American version. Thomas Gaughan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Great book, the best I think I've read on the subject so far. Very detailed, but not so much as to become confusing (though the intricacy of names/relationships is rather... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by alyse d. weaver
I've always had a fascination with mafia lore and this book was fantastic in its detailed description of the Sicilian mafia and all its moving parts. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by D. M. Campbell
It reads life a college History text book. Not a super quick read, many facts and names to bog you down. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Giovanni B. Palmiero
There are three groups of antagonists in this book, who are all different types of parasite. First, the Sicilian mafia. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Jordan Bell
Excellent Cadavers is the ultimate book on the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, It has every thing you need to fully understand the 'Mafia' experience in Italy. Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by Andrew
This was a gift,
so I don't know if it was any good, but the transaction was fine
I guess that too many facts in each page, shifting and adding more info as it goes along. Not very entertaining and that is why I bought it. Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Eddie Wannabee
This is the best written true account of the courgageous battles fought
by magistrate investigators Falcone and Borselino against the Sicilian Mafia in the... Read more
The story of the fight against the Cosa Nostra in Siciliy. The story gravitates around two investigating magistrates, Falcone and Borsellino, who were at the forefront of this... Read morePublished on March 30, 2008 by Min Jeong Lee