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Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic Paperback – August 6, 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, two heroic Italian prosecutors, mounted an extraordinary legal campaign against the Sicilian mafia during the 1980s. They ultimately paid for their efforts with their lives. But their untimely murders shook Italy so hard they toppled its government. Theirs is a compelling story, full of unforgettable characters, and all of it is tragic and true. And chances are high that you don't know much about it.
Why? Probably because it is about prosecutors. Prosecutors are not sexy. Prosecutors are, almost by definition, uncool. And popular culture is all about cool. Pop culture loves Henry Hill in "Goodfellas," Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" and Tony Montana in "Scarface." Popular culture loves bad guys.
Bad guys may be bad, but they are also cool. They get drunk and do mountains of coke and pull guns on one another and get into situations that are crazy and compelling; they're not likable, but they're always watchable. Good guys, by contrast, seem boring--they're the ones busting up the party the bad guys invited us to. We sometimes admire the good guys from a distance, but it is easier to feel dingy in the light of their halos. Still, we don't necessarily want to be them--they work hard and go home to their wives and live boring lives.
Except for Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
These men were hard workers, yes, but they worked in a truly topsy-turvy world where good was bad and bad was good, where government was riddled with corruption and graft, where outlaws clung to strange codes of behavior whereby killing someone was fine but swearing in front of a woman was unacceptable.Read more ›
Over these past 30 years, I have watched many movies, and have read a ton of books on the mafia as well, including some which I consider true classics, such as The Valachi Papers and The Testament of Lucky Luciano. I believe Excellent Cadavers easily ranks among the top 3 or top 5 books I have read on the subject.
In spite of being a book on the history of the antimafia prosecution in Italy over a certain timeframe, and thus being obviously filled with names, dates, etc., it really reads like a novel. In fact, for this very reason (being a "history" book) I bought it with some reluctance, anticipating that it could be a slow and "interrupted" read, so to speak. Quite the opposite; I did not finish it in two days like Puzo's TG, but I read it in less than 8 days, quite an accomplishment for me since English is not my native tongue.
In summary, I believe this book deserves each and every one of the 5 stars that the other 12 reviewers, and myself, have so far given this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It had more detail than I wanted, and it was hard to keep up with the Italian names.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book for facts. It is the work of a Journalist and not a detective story; there are facts, dates, names...very good in that genre.
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