Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic


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Excellent Cadavers (a term used in Sicily to distinguish the assassination of prominent government officials from the hundreds of common criminals killed in the course of routine mafia business) tells of the remarkable investigation spearheaded by Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, the two Sicilian prosecutors who in the 1980s took the war against the Mafia further than anyone had ever dared. In 1992, aware that the two magistrates were without the complete support of the Italian government, the Mafia assassinated them ...

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Gillian H

Dec 11, 2010

The problems in fighting the mafia

This is a very good book about the modern history and fight against the mafia. It is also useful background for the Italian scholar about the corruption that pervades Italian politics. I was genuinely moved by the fates of prosecutors Falcone and Boresellino. It is not, however, a book for someone who knows nothing about Italian history and politics. There is a certain amount of repetition and an awful lot of names to try and remember!

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