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The latest investigations show that its reach is astonishing: it controls much of Europe's wholesale cocaine trade, and representatives from as far away as Germany, Canada and Australia come to Calabria to seek authorisation for their affairs. Just when it thought it had finally contained the mafia threat, Italy is now discovering that it harbours the most global criminal network of them all.
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John Dickie combines narrative skills in his description of skulduggery with excellent pen portraits of striking individuals...no one anywhere writes with such authority on Italy's criminal gangs. Times Literary Supplement Chilling and eye-opening. -- Bill Emmott The Times 'I've been so unsettled by John Dickie's Mafia Republic - his angry and moving new history of the power of the Italian criminal fraternities since the Second World War.' -- Samira Ahmed Big Issue REVIEWS FOR MAFIA BROTHERHOODS: . His narrative bowls along, powered by the sort of muscular prose one associates with great detective fiction. An exhilarating history. Financial Times 'Exciting and well-written... like a 19th-century Sopranos'. Shortlist 'Fine social history and hair-raising true crime'. Independent By shining a light so powerfully into the darkest recesses of mafia mythology and history, Dickie's new book will certainly provide a concrete tool in the anti-mafia struggle to which many Italians and Calabrians in Australia and Italy are passionately committed. Australian Literary Review Magisterial ... absorbing. Scotsman BLOOD BROTHERHOODS is almost certainly the most ambitious true-crime assignment ever. The result is a stunning success: a sprawling, powerful historical narrative that is the definitive story of Sicily's Mafia, the Camorra of Naples, and Calabria's 'Ndrangheta. The Adelaide Advertiser Yet Dickie thinks there are "more reasons for optimism today than at any point in the past"... it's a point well made. Financial Times