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5 out of 5 stars
By Roy on 02-20-09

Eye Opener

Well, I knew nothing about the Mob in Italy until I lisened to this book. This is a great book translated from Italian. It gives a clear insight into how organized crime is influencing many aspects of life across the world. It is read well and will keep anyone even marginally interested in the topic listening. IT is disturbing, exciting, informative, and raw. The reader had my earlobes in his hands for hours.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

Soprano's Move Over

Six seasons of The Sopranos, plus three Godfather movies and a bunch of organized crime books have pretty much formed my views of the mafia. Organized crime as entertainment. Gomorrah tells what happens when organized crime infiltrates every aspect of the economy and social life, as it has done in Southern Italy. Saviano, a native son of Naples, provides an insider personal account of the social and human costs of living in a mafia dominated culture. The incredible levels of violence and corruption spawned by mafia control are shocking and eye opening, even more so given this story is playing out in the heart of Western Europe.

Not a hopeful book, not an entertaining book, but a fascinating exposition of a world both unknown and hidden to outsiders. An excellent companion to McMafia, filling in the details to Glenny's broad outlines. This book was apparently a sensation when published in Italy, although the author has had to go into hiding because of death threats. Are there places in the U.S. where organized crime continues exert significant control in aspects of the economy?

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 09-14-16

Took some serious balls to write this

Excellent writer, excellent narrator. The story is so compelling for people who enjoy true crime. Best book on Italian organized crime ever written. The Cammora makes the US Mafia look like Boy Scouts.


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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

out of 5 stars
By John on 04-02-10

fight the mob

fight the mob, buy this book

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Lateefah on 03-22-09

Don't waste your time!

This was a horrible audiobook. There is no real story just a list of names that the author recounts. I tortured myself to finish this only because I did not want to waste my money.

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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Edward on 03-22-09

very good narrator

i am sure you can read more about the book itself somewhere else. it is chilling and brutal, but very engaging. sort of reminds me of 'the wire' in it's verite style. the narrator does an excellent job of staying out of the way and letting the story tell itself. his voice is clear and easy to listen to.

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