Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic

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Excellent Cadavers is the story of the extraordinary efforts of two Sicilian magistrates, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who took the war against the mafia further than anyone had dared before. That war would ultimately claim their lives as well as help topple the ruling coalition that had governed Italy since World War II. The engineers of the renowned "maxi-trials," Falcone and Borsellino succeeded in penetrating the mafia's code of silence and revealing, for the first time, the inner structure of ...
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Excellent Cadavers is the story of the extraordinary efforts of two Sicilian magistrates, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who took the war against the mafia further than anyone had dared before. That war would ultimately claim their lives as well as help topple the ruling coalition that had governed Italy since World War II. The engineers of the renowned "maxi-trials," Falcone and Borsellino succeeded in penetrating the mafia's code of silence and revealing, for the first time, the inner structure of Sicily's Cosa Nostra. One of their great breakthroughs was to win the cooperation of Tommaso Buscetta - the first of many Sicilian bosses to become witnesses - a development that revolutionized organized crime prosecutions in the United States as well as in Italy. "Before Buscetta we didn't even know the mafia's real name," the prosecutors said. Perhaps even more astounding than Falcone and Borsellino's successes were the government's efforts to unravel their accomplishments, to obstruct further investigation, and to impugn the character of the two prosecutors. After both men were assassinated in 1992, they were hailed as national heroes, and a massive public outcry demanded that the government pursue the investigative trail they had begun. The subsequent crackdown would lead to the indictment of many of the country's most powerful politicians.

From the author of Benevolence and Betrayal comes a gripping account of the criminal investigation--told with the pace and drama of an investigative thriller--that exposed the crucial alliance between the mafia and the Italian government that has existed for the last 50 years.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
In Sicialian mafia parlance, the phrase excellent cadavers denotes the corpses of distinguished citizens, and in this notable history, Stille Benevolence and Betrayal chronicles the accumulation of a great number of them, concentrating on the last quarter century. He focuses on Sicilians Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who prosecuted the so-called maxi-trials of the '80s, the first of which involved 465 mafiosi. The two were assassinated in 1992. Yet, as more and more gangsters became informants, an even more sinister pattern began to emerge. There was no doubt that various levels of the Italian government had tried to undermine the investigations of Falcone and Borsellino, and it became clear that the mob had ties to the Christian Democratic Party and particularly to Giulio Andreotti, who has many times served as Italy's prime minister. Bribery scandals unfolded, implicating Bettino Craxi, leader of the Socialist Party and a former prime minister; Andreotti and Craxi are currently under criminal indictment. Stille's prodigious research encompasses not only factional fights within the mafia but also the range of national corruption uncovered by the heroic investigations by Falcone and Borsellino.
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An excellent account of two Sicilian prosecutors whose investigation of the Mafia led to the top levels of the Italian government and eventually, to their own murders. Aug.
Thomas Gaughan
In Sicily, "excellent cadavers" are Mafia victims who also happen to be government officials. "Excellent Cadavers" is full of them, notably the courageous and tenacious prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. Throughout the 1980s, Falcone and Borsellino brought down more heat on the "men of honor" than anyone since Mussolini's handpicked "Iron Prefect." The two not only sent hundreds of gangsters to jail, they also exposed Mafia corruption of national political leaders that led to the indictments of two of Italy's best-known politicians, Bettino Craxi and Guilio Adreotti. The success of their investigations brought on reprisals by corrupt politicians designed to weaken police and prosecutors alike and ultimately led to their deaths. Falcone and Borsellino were assassinated by bombs in 1992, but their work brought to light revelations that are rattling the current Berlusconi administration. Stille has crafted an excellent book, deftly weaving complex threads of information about Italian, Sicilian, and Mafia history, Italian politics, and Italian jurisprudence into a highly readable narrative. Readers who enjoy books about the American Mafia will enjoy picking out the differences and similarities between the Sicilian original and its American version.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679425793
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/18/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 1.47 (d)

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