- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312614349
- ISBN-13: 978-0312614348
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Into the Heart of the Mafia: A Journey Through the Italian South 1st Edition
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Lane, the business and financial correspondent for The Economist's Italy bureau, conducts a tour of southern Italy—from the tip of Sicily, north through Calabria, and beyond Naples. His focus is on the various branches of the Mafia in Italy: the Cosa Nostra in Sicily, the Camorra in Naples and Campania and environs, the 'Ndrangheta in Calabria, and the Sacra Corona Unita in the Apulian heel. Lane conducts interviews both with those affected by the Mafia (nearly everyone) and those who try to fight it. He obviously knows whereof he writes, but he may know a bit too much. The book is exhaustive but also exhausting. The chapters have a geographical thread but too much of a sameness—the Mafia controls everything. This in-depth examination of the Mafia will interest those deeply involved with the topic, but it lacks the dramatic punch and cohesiveness of Roberto Saviano's Gomorrah (2007), which showed how the Camorra's tentacles extended from the single port of Naples. --Connie Fletcher
About the Author
DAVID LANE has written for The Guardian and the Financial Times, and since 1994 has been The Economist's business and financial correspondent for Italy. He has lived in Rome since 1972.
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Laskin writes well and clearly shows how he travels to around Italy to speak to prosecutors, reporters and government employees who care about good government. I found myself aching for the ones who lost loved ones to the Mafia's violence.
We travel around Southern Italy as the author writes of his experiences and meetings with prosecutors, police, business, local mayors and government official and their accounts of fighting the grip of Organised Crime in their cities, towns or regions. They sum addition of their efforts is to sometimes wound or obstruct the mafia or put some away in jail. These brave, remarkable people are standing up for what they believe is a better and just way of life and they do it publicly and thereby put their own life at risk. These honest officials labour under the odds to enforce the law, but there are powerful interests and people at the highest levels of political power who just wish they would go away.
Well written Mr Lane!
And it is boring as an ego can be to someone not interested in a complete and utter useless stranger posing as an author.