The Mafia and the Allies: Sicily 1943 and the Return of the Mafia

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Within weeks of the Pearl Harbor attack and the declaration of war on the United States by Germany and Italy, US war plans included the defense of the East Coast and the invasion of Sicily. Here, Ezio Costanzo examines the many elements of this secret scenario, which included long-suppressed information about cooperation between the Mafia and the US Army. The results came in the aftermath of the invasion, during the new military government that gave many Mafia leaders important administrative positions. Seen from...

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Overview

Within weeks of the Pearl Harbor attack and the declaration of war on the United States by Germany and Italy, US war plans included the defense of the East Coast and the invasion of Sicily. Here, Ezio Costanzo examines the many elements of this secret scenario, which included long-suppressed information about cooperation between the Mafia and the US Army. The results came in the aftermath of the invasion, during the new military government that gave many Mafia leaders important administrative positions. Seen from an Italian standpoint, the success of US forces is examined in detail and many questions are finally answered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929631681
  • Publisher: Enigma Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ezio Costanzo is an investigative journalist and author from Catania in Sicily and specializes in the Mafia and World War II history.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
The Landings in Sicily and U.S. intelligence     1
The American and Sicilian Mafias: Lucky Luciano and Calogero Vizzini     14
The "Underworld" Project: Naval Intelligence and the Mafia     40
Naval Intelligence Agents in Sicily     67
The Corvo Plan and Operations in Sicily     76
The Americans Arrive     103
Allied Military Government and the Rebirth of the Mafia     113
Old and New Mafia     131
The Mafia and the Allies Against Communism     143
Bibliography     153
Index     157
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