A Complete History of the Mafia
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A Complete History of the Mafia

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by Jo Durden Smith
     
 
Can we win the war on organised crime?

In this revised and updated edition of his 2002 bestseller Mafia, Jo Durden Smith investigates the shadowy figures behind the Mafia myth, and traces the organisation's history back to its origins in the nineteenth century, as a peasant revolutionary society dedicated to the overthrow of French power. Mafia

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Can we win the war on organised crime?

In this revised and updated edition of his 2002 bestseller Mafia, Jo Durden Smith investigates the shadowy figures behind the Mafia myth, and traces the organisation's history back to its origins in the nineteenth century, as a peasant revolutionary society dedicated to the overthrow of French power. Mafia charts the rise of this small island secret society to a gigantic crime octopus, with tentacles extending into every level of Western society, from the criminal underworld to the very top of the political tree.

Jo Durden Smith was a reporter, researcher, then producer-director at Granada TV and an executive producer at Alan King Associates in London. He then left for North America to take up a career as a freelance writer, contributing to well-established journals such as The Village Voice in the United States and Macleans in Canada. Jo is the author of a number of books, including Moscow: In the Heart of the Empire; Who Killed George Jackson? and 100 Greatest Criminals. He has also continued to write for magazines and newspapers in Canada, the United States, Britain and Russia, and to make documentaries for TV.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760761762
Publisher:
Metro Books
Publication date:
12/02/2004
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.63(h) x (d)

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A Complete History of the Mafia 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
a fascinating look at the mafia. this was an enjoyable short read. it actually mirrored a similiar program on the history channel at the time i read it. there are revelations in this book of interest. the story of god's banker and the murder of italian lawyer falcone is eye opening. the american government's deals with lucky luciano and others is certain to go down in history as a more bizarre chapter for the u.s
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very weak and poorly written account of the history of La Cosa Nostra. There are vague details throughout, as well as the same old facts every mafia reader has heard many times before. The vagueness leads me to question if some of the author's accounts are fact or heresay.