MAFIA. CAMORRA. 'NDRANGHETA.
The Sicilian mafia, known as Cosa Nostra, is far from being Italy's
only dangerous criminal fraternity. The country hosts two other
major mafias: the camorra from Naples; and, from the poor and
isolated region of Calabria, the mysterious 'ndrangheta, which has
now risen to become the most powerful mob group active today.
Since they emerged, the mafias have all corrupted Italy's
institutions, drastically curtailed the life-chances of its
citizens, evaded justice, and set up their own self-interested
meddling as an alternative to the courts. Yet each of these
brotherhoods has its own methods, its own dark rituals, its own
style of ferocity. Each is uniquely adapted to corrupt and exploit
its own specific environment, as it collaborates with, learns from,
and goes to war with the other mafias.
Today, the shadow of organized crime hangs over a country racked by
debt, political paralysis, and widespread corruption. The
'ndrangheta controls much of Europe's wholesale cocaine trade and,
by some estimates, 3 percent of Italy's total GDP. Blood
Brotherhoods traces the origins of this national malaise back
to Italy's roots as a united country in the nineteenth century, and
shows how political violence incubated underworld sects among the
lemon groves of Palermo, the fetid slums of Naples, and the harsh
mountain villages of Calabria.
Blood Brotherhoods is a book of breathtaking ambition,
tracing for the first time the interlocking story of all three
mafias from their origins to the present day. John Dickie is
recognized in Italy as one of the foremost historians of organized
crime. In these pages, he blends archival detective work,
passionate narrative, and shrewd analysis to bring a unique
criminal ecosystemand the three terrifying criminal brotherhoods
that have evolved within itto life on the page.