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The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia
The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia
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Author: Perry, Alex

Brand: William Morrow & Company

Edition: Reprint

Number Of Pages: 352

Release Date: 20-08-2019

Details: Product Description Nominated for a 2019 Edgar® Award for Best Fact Crime  Named a CrimeReads best Nonfiction Crime Book of 2018 The electrifying, untold story of the women born into the most deadly and obscenely wealthy of the Italian mafias – and how they risked everything to bring it down. The Calabrian Mafia—known as the ’Ndrangheta—is one of the richest and most ruthless crime syndicates in the world, with branches stretching from America to Australia. It controls seventy percent of the cocaine and heroin supply in Europe, manages billion-dollar extortion rackets, brokers illegal arms deals—supplying weapons to criminals and terrorists—and plunders the treasuries of both Italy and the European Union. The ’Ndrangheta’s power derives from a macho mix of violence and silence—omertà. Yet it endures because of family ties: you are born into the syndicate, or you marry in. Loyalty is absolute. Bloodshed is revered. You go to prison or your grave and kill your own father, brother, sister, or mother in cold blood before you betray The Family. Accompanying the ’Ndrangheta’s reverence for tradition and history is a violent misogyny among its men. Women are viewed as chattel, bargaining chips for building and maintaining clan alliances and beatings—and worse—are routine. In 2009, after one abused ’Ndrangheta wife was murdered for turning state’s evidence, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti considered a tantalizing possibility: that the ’Ndrangheta’s sexism might be its greatest flaw—and her most effective weapon. Approaching two more mafia wives, Alessandra persuaded them to testify in return for a new future for themselves and their children. A feminist saga of true crime and justice, The Good Mothers is the riveting story of a high-stakes battle pitting a brilliant, driven woman fighting to save a nation against ruthless mafiosi fighting for their existence. Caught in the middle are three women fighting for their children and their lives. Not all will survive. Review “Alex Perry takes us in to the patriarchal, ultra-violent world of the ‘Ndràngheta, Calabria’s powerful, drug-dealing mafia, and the stories of the women who have defied its iron grip.” -- LitHub.com “Even today precious little is known about the ‘Ndrangheta. Perry’s account is wrenching and thorough.” -- Christian Science Monitor TWITTER PRAISE UPON RELEASE OF NEW YORKER EXCERPT: “Both harrowing and heartening ... and told with Alex Perry’s usual verve.” -- Tom Burgis, Financial Times “Exploring modern Africa in all of its complexities...Perry’s arguments about the often deleterious effects of outsiders augment some of the scholarly literature by providing a human face to usually well-intentioned but misguided interlopers. A welcome addition to our understanding of Africa.” -- Kirkus Reviews on The Rift “So, so good.” -- Tim Selloh, NBC News “This little gem of a book ... has an important story to tell, and Perry tells it with precision and gusto. As dramatic as anything you will read in fiction.” -- The New York Times on The Rift “An epic, rich, endlessly surprising narrative of a fast-changing Africa by one of the few Western journalists to have spent enough time there to understand it. Calls to mind the best African writing of Ryszard Kapuscinski.”  -- Douglas Rogers, author of  The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe on The Rift “I am inordinately excited to read this book. This is ... *incredible*.” -- Erin Ryan, The Daily Beast “Hoping Melania reads this story...” -- Joan Walsh, The Nation “Journalist Perry has crafted an enormously significant and compelling look at the modern world of the Italian mafia in this brilliant work… A staggeringly impressive work of investigative reporting… A life changing read.” -- Booklist (starred review) From the Back Cover We live in their buildings, work in their companies, shop in their stores, eat in their restaurants, and elect politicians they fund. So why have so few ever heard of the ’Ndrangheta? Founded 140

EAN: 9780062655615

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew