The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide is the first book of its kind in any language: the ultimate Cosa Nostra experience. Since 2006, author Carl Russo has photographed Mafia hotspots on the Italian island of Sicily: where the murders happened, where the godfathers lived, where their victims are buried. From the sunbaked fishing villages of the Mediterranean to the darkest alleys of Palermo, western Sicily is the exotic backdrop for more than 100 meticulously researched tales of murder and mayhem, packed with 200 photographs of the actual locations.
The book's historical sweep covers 150 years of revolutions, world wars, politics and popular cultureall inextricably bound to Cosa Nostra. They include the childhood home of gangster Lucky Luciano, the hideouts of the fearsome bosses of Corleone, the tombs of the "Robin Hood" bandit and the legendary dons, the roots of the American and Canadian mafias, the Allied landing, pistol-packing priests, political assassinations, playgrounds of the new Mafia and the anti-Mafia movement.
Each site and association is depicted in sharp prose and revealing images, bringing many stories to English for the first time. Whether you're planning a trip to Sicily or sticking to the comfort of your armchair, this provocative book will take you closer to the Sicilian Mafia than you dared to think possible.
|Publisher:||Strategic Media Books|
|Product dimensions:||10.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)|
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Palermo and Environs 15
1 Central Palermo 17
2 Western Palermo 45
3 Southern Palermo to Ciaculli 65
4 Bagheria to Sciara 83
5 Northern Palermo 99
6 Addaura to Mondello 107
7 Giardinello to Sagana 113
8 Piana Degli Albanesi to Camporeale 121
9 Partinico to Monreale 133
10 Castellammare Del Golfo to Capaci 141
Part 2 Corleone and the Interior 159
11 Corleoneto Mezzojuso 161
12 Bisacquino to Sutera 181
Part 3 The Western Coast 197
13 Salemi to Pizzolungo 199
14 Sciacca to Racalmuto 217
What People are Saying About This
"A seminal piece of work that manages to bridge the gap between John Dickie's Cosa Nostra and Lonely Planet Sicily."
"Every stone you turn in Sicily reveals a violent history. With Russo's informative guidebook in hand, the traveler will no longer stroll innocently through its streets. Crammed with fascinating facts."
Written with the excitement and page-turning fascination of a good true-crime bestseller…This is a fun and exciting read one that will fascinate any reader interested in the history of organized crime.
"Full of curious little anecdotes and human details that really bring it to life and make it impossible to put down."