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Honoured Society
By Norman Lewis

The Honoured Society

The Sicilian Mafia Observed New edition

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Honoured Society by Norman Lewis

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the best book on the Mafia in Sicily - its origins, its code of honour, its secrecy and its brutality. A chilling insight. - reveals how Mafia violence and corruption crept even into every aspect of Sicilian society, including the police and the church - and how this was only possible with the help of the American army, who gave the Mafia, by then all but destroyed by the Fascist government, the kiss of life when they occupied the island in 1943 - the perfect companion for any traveller to Sicily, and a gripping armchair read

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780907871484
ISBN-10: 0907871488
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Eland Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » It is hard to believe that the American Allies during World War II returned the Mafia to power after Mussolini came close to destroying it. This event and other tales of corruption and murder in Sicily are expertly recorded by travel writer Lewis in this eye-opening look at the world's most famous criminal organization - the 'honoured society', as they called themselves, which demands blind obedience but will defend their members through thick and thin. Most interesting is the illumination of the Mafia mentality and its complete separation from the outlook of the ordinary criminal. Includes thought-provoking black and white photographs. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Norman Lewis

Norman Lewis is England's finest, living travel writer. He has written a dozen travel books, including such masterpieces as Naples'44, Golden Earth and A Dragon Apparent. He has also written thirteen novels. Lewis regards his life's major achievement to be the reaction to an article written by him entitled Genocide in Brazil, published in 1968. This led to a change in Brazilian law relating to the treatment of Indians, and to the formation of Survival International, which campaigns for the rights of indigenous peoples.

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