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Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System Paperback – November 25, 2008
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With my busy schedule running a business, these days it's hard for me to take some time and read a book in a short time. However, this book was so compelling I finished it in four days.
There are three big criminal organizations in Italy: Cosa Costra (commonly known as Mafia) from Sicily, Ngrangheta of Calabria, and the Camorra of Campania. This book is about the camorra.
First, to answer one of the reviewers from Australia who didn't understand why the author is under 24-hour police protection: This is not the first book written about the camorra or the mafia, in Italy or abroad. However, his story telling style was compelling enough to make the book a best seller in Italy and abroad. This brought to light the dirty and dark secrets of the criminal underworld in a concrete term - something you can identify with (do they control what you eat?), it infuriates you and something you react strongly. It's not just about talking about the camorra in abstract terms, but to name names, name places, and describe in vivid details about the people, their "businesses", and places.Read more ›
It's the result of years of heroic work by a young writer that has devoted himself to the understanding of the criminal world that developed in the area around Naples .
The scope and range of the illegal activities are world wide and control the world of fashion, construction, drugs, food, toxic waste, and almost any form of commercial endeavor. The message is a portent of things to come where the claws have not reached yet. The courage of the writer has put him in life danger for the rest of his life and and under constant police protection. The valor of his pen is as great as the beauty of his prose. I can not recall any book that has moved me so deeply in a long time. The story is not only a requiem for the Italian nation but also
a heads up for the rest of the world where the connections with the Italian Camorra are blossoming: that is China, Australia, Central and South America, Africa and obviously the US.
A marginal insider, Savinio here unloads the weight of his learning and the roar of his disillusionment. His book puts to pasture the works that would try to rival it as discourses or discoveries on the nature of power in society. Fans of Foucault have no idea what power is about until they have read this book. The same goes for the armchair aficionado of corporate monopoly. Much of the information Savinio relates he has gathered as an inhabitant or curious, casual employee of the clans that run Italy from the graced and volatile realm of Campania.
The first chapter on the port of Naples is likely to unsettle anyone who lives near a port of entry by sea, as it shows how illegal goods make it from sea to secrecy and to the market. The chapter called "Cement" demonstrates the relationship between contractors, bids, bias and regional economy. These two chapters alone seem to be stunning achievements. The final chapter treats the horrifying management and crippling dispersion of toxins through land, sea and air for the sake of immediate profit.Read more ›
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Saviano takes the reader on a world view altering ride in Gomorrah. I was fascinated to learn how the Neapolitan mobs control so many facets of our lives and yet we have no... Read morePublished 1 month ago by New York Nick
I first read Roberto Saviano's zero zero zero before discovering this one. I have to confess although the book has an important message I really struggled with the exhausting... Read morePublished 1 month ago
This book is very interesting and I recommend it to anyone thinking of purchasing it and also it arrives in the exact day Amazon says it will arrive.Published 1 month ago by Vanessa Tinoco
I'm a sure there are plenty of fans out there loving this book. In fact, I read a great deal about how Roberto's life has changed since writing this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm almost physically sick and in tears reading, especially the final chapters, of this book. Italy, once a beautiful and pure land, will be no more.Published 5 months ago by freddi
An interesting look into the underworld of southern Italy. this book was recommended to my by an Italian friend. It wasn't a novel. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nelson Mostow