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This is the true story of Vito Ciancimino—Don Vito da Corleone, the "Mayor of the Corleones"—who spent forty years in the grip of death, mafia, politics, business deals and the secret service. Don Vito recounts years of clandestine and previously censored contacts between politicians and the mafia—between the Italian State and the Cosa Nostra. The key witness is Massimo, the penultimate and hitherto closest of Don Vito’s five children, who has given his personal testament for the first time. His account rewrites ...
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Don Vito

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Overview

This is the true story of Vito Ciancimino—Don Vito da Corleone, the "Mayor of the Corleones"—who spent forty years in the grip of death, mafia, politics, business deals and the secret service. Don Vito recounts years of clandestine and previously censored contacts between politicians and the mafia—between the Italian State and the Cosa Nostra. The key witness is Massimo, the penultimate and hitherto closest of Don Vito’s five children, who has given his personal testament for the first time. His account rewrites some of the most important events of Italy’s recent history. If Roberto Saviano’s Gomorra revealed the workings of the mafia system from street level, Francesco La Licata and Massimo Ciancimino's Don Vito tells us about the people who held the reins of power.

In the words of Attilio Bolzoni of Republica: "This is the portrait of a man who was a key player from post war Italy to our days in one of the most daunting of Italian affairs, a figure who inspired fear, a devil. He was friend with mafia bosses and great politicians, of killers and respectable gentlemen. Vito Ciancimino was the incarnation of power itself, maybe the most hated and feared, the most suspected and worshipped, man of Palermo and of the whole Sicilian society".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623651992
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Massimo Ciancimino was born in Palermo in 1963. He is the youngest son of Vito Ciancimino, and was barely eighteen when he was chosen by his father to be his aid and general dogsbody and therefore initiated directly into the double life of the "Mayor of the Corleones": a world that he was part of until his arrest on the 6th June 2006, accused of laundering his father’s "assets." He was sentenced in the first instance to five years in prison, reduced to three and a half on appeal. Over the last year he has been collaborating with magistrates to help shed light both on his father’s secrets and forty years of links between the mafia and politics in Sicily.

Francesco La Licata is a journalist who has written for the Stampa since 1980. He recently joined hands with the national anti-mafia prosecutor, Pietro Grasso, to write Pizzini, veleni e cicoria: La mafia prima e dopo Provenzano (Feltrinelli 2008).
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