Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia by Roberto Saviano
DATE PUBLISHED: 2007 DATE READ: January 2009 NOTES: A stunning book about crime in southern Italy. Saviano, an investigative journalist, writes about the Comorristas who run a parallel economy in the region fuelled by drugs and extortion. He explains how the tentacles of the criminal families have been able to reach out as far as Spain, Eastern Europe, the Americas and even to UK. Much of what he reveals is genuinely shocking and he writes with passion and eloquence. He has some fascinating insights – such as the way in which many of the criminals have modelled themselves on what they have seen in Hollywood gangster films. Saviano is not afraid to show his anger about how his homeland is suffering at the hands of the criminal families which has often been allowed to happen with the complicity of politicians and police.