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Cosa Nostra: Historia de La Mafia Siciliana

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El libro de Dickie, muy documentado y de apasionante lectura, es un repaso a la historia de la mafia siciliana desde su remota fundación en el siglo XVIII hasta nuestros días. El autor, con una narración que se sigue de forma trepidante, ofrece un estudio pormenorizado de cómo aparece, cuáles fueron las razones y cómo se fue articulando esta gran organización criminal. Desde los tiempos de la exportación de cítricos desde Sicilia a la península italiana -con los consiguientes impuestos de paso-, hasta las sospechas de los íntimos lazos de importantes políticos como Andreotti y otros dirigentes de la DC o la misma Iglesia católica con estos grupos criminales, pasando por la importancia de la mafia en la unificación italiana o en la segunda guerra mundial, el libro se centra en Sicilia, cuna y origen de la “verdadera mafia”. El libro repasa también, como no podía ser de otra manera, las conexiones entre estos delincuentes organizados y los Estados Unidos (negocios, corrupción, ley seca, drogas y prostitución, etc).

Dikie describe cómo la mafia se ha convertido en una especie de “estado en la sombra” que controla el territorio, la “fiscalidad”, administra su particular justicia, decide quien ha de vivir o morir incluyo llegando a controlar de las minas de mercurio. En ese sentido la mafia siciliana concede un alto valor al poder político y de ahí su interés en infiltrarse en las instituciones democráticas que el libro refleja con numerosos ejemplos.

Siendo un libro de historia contemporánea, este trabajo llega hasta nuestros días cuando aborda la relación política-mafia. En cuanto a los vínculos con el mundo político, el autor repasa casos como el asesinato del juez Falcone, la matanza de Portella della Ginestra o el “maxiproceso” contra la mafia en Palermo. También, y para situar al lector, se presentan retratos de personajes como Lucky Luciano, Giovanni Brusca, Tommaso Buscetta o Bernardo Provenzano entre otros. Hombres de los que, a veces, ni existían fotografías, ni se conocía su aspecto físico.

En resumen se podría decir que se trata de un libro muy documentado, entretenido como una novela policíaca o una novela histórica, que arroja infinidad de datos que dejan en el lector la sensación, una vez leído, de que pasan muchas cosas por debajo de los que conocemos como realidad.

Synopsis:

The story of the mafia is not just what we see Tony Soprano and his boys doing on Sunday nights. In this vivid, gripping history of "cosa nostra," a noted historian of Italian culture uses startling new research to reveal what the mafia is and always has been: a secret society whose power is based on murder. 16 pages of photos.

Synopsis:

The Italian-American mafia has its roots in a mysterious and powerful criminal network in Sicily. While the mythology of the mafia has been widely celebrated in American culture, the true origins of its rituals, laws, and methods have never actually been revealed. John Dickie uses startling new research to expose the secrets of the Sicilian mafia, providing a fascinating account that is more violent, frightening, and darkly comic than anything conceived in popular movies and novels. How did the Sicilian mafia begin? How did it achieve its powerful grip in Italy and America? How does it operate today? From the mafia's origins in the 1860s to its current tense relationship with the Berlusconi government, Cosa Nostra takes us to the inner sanctum where few have dared to go before. This is an important work of history and a revelation for anyone who ever wondered what it means to be made in the mob.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307376664
Subtitle:
Historia de la Mafia siciliana
Publisher:
Debate
Author:
Dickie, John
Subject:
Mafia
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
Mafia -- Italy -- Sicily -- History.
Subject:
Mafia -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Italy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20061107
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
Spanish
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
7.4 x 4.9 x 1.5 in .9 lb

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Product details 196 pages Debolsillo - English 9780307376664 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The story of the mafia is not just what we see Tony Soprano and his boys doing on Sunday nights. In this vivid, gripping history of "cosa nostra," a noted historian of Italian culture uses startling new research to reveal what the mafia is and always has been: a secret society whose power is based on murder. 16 pages of photos.
"Synopsis" by , The Italian-American mafia has its roots in a mysterious and powerful criminal network in Sicily. While the mythology of the mafia has been widely celebrated in American culture, the true origins of its rituals, laws, and methods have never actually been revealed. John Dickie uses startling new research to expose the secrets of the Sicilian mafia, providing a fascinating account that is more violent, frightening, and darkly comic than anything conceived in popular movies and novels. How did the Sicilian mafia begin? How did it achieve its powerful grip in Italy and America? How does it operate today? From the mafia's origins in the 1860s to its current tense relationship with the Berlusconi government, Cosa Nostra takes us to the inner sanctum where few have dared to go before. This is an important work of history and a revelation for anyone who ever wondered what it means to be made in the mob.
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