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Posted November 27, 2009
The Real Corleone Exposed
The Unholy Trinity can only be found in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean and Italy's ancient breadbasket. It is also the birthplace and home of the Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia. This excellent history by author Follain chronicles the rise of the most murderous and demented "Men of Honor" that ruled the mafia from the 1950's to the mid 1990's. These three butchers were Luciano Leggio, Salvatore Riiuna and Bernardo Provenzano. Of course they have "cute" nicknames like all good made men. For example, Bernardo "Tractor" Provenzano. I guess for the way he ran over people. Those nicknames in no way lighten the fact that among them they murdered several thousand fellow mafiosi, mafiosi-related family members (many children and most innocent), law-abiding citizens included crusading priests, crooked politicans and finally hundreds of law enforcement personnel among them some of Italy's finest judge prosecutors. Names like Judge Falcone, Judge Borsellino, and police officials like Dalla Chiesa shall be fondly remembered by the Italian people long after the Unholy Trinity burns in hell.
The author does a very good job of making all this mayhem make sense within the cultural and historical context of the Sicilian experience. There are no excuses made for the barbarity of these individuals and considering the fear that they created in Sicily during their reign of terror the courage of those fighting them is all the more heroic. This is not a sociological work but more a crime exposition as Mr. Follain's expertise is in crime research and reporting. He does try to place events within the social circumstances and personal experiences of the people he includes in his work. Try to get past the horrific descriptions of murder as practised by these miscreants and one can feel the heart of the law-abiding and long- suffering Sicilian people.
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