The Good Mothers

The Good Mothers

The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia

eBook - 2018
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"<Strong>As seen in The New Yorker</strong> An unprecedented look inside a deadly and obscenely wealthy branch of the Italian mafia and the electrifying story of the women who risked everything to bring them down. The Calabrian Mafia--known as the 'Ndrangheta--is one of the richest and most ruthless crime syndicates in the world, with branches stretching from America to Australia. It controls seventy percent of the cocaine and heroin supply in Europe, manages billion-dollar extortion rackets, brokers illegal arms deals--supplying weapons to criminals and terrorists--and plunders the treasuries of both Italy and the European Union. The 'Ndrangheta's power derives from a macho mix of violence and silence--omertà. Yet it endures because of family ties: you are born into the syndicate, or you marry in. Loyalty is absolute. Bloodshed is revered. You go to prison or your grave and kill your own father, brother, sister, or mother in cold blood before you betray The Family. Accompanying the 'Ndrangheta's reverence for tradition and history is a violent misogyny among its men. Women are viewed as chattel, bargaining chips for building and maintaining clan alliances and beatings--and worse--are routine. In 2009, after one abused 'Ndrangheta wife was murdered for turning state's evidence, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti considered a tantalizing possibility: that the 'Ndrangheta's sexism might be its greatest flaw--and her most effective weapon. Approaching two more mafia wives, Alessandra persuaded them to testify in return for a new future for themselves and their children. A feminist saga of true crime and justice, The Good Mothers is the riveting story of a high-stakes battle pitting a brilliant, driven woman fighting to save a nation against ruthless mafiosi fighting for their existence. Caught in the middle are three women fighting for their children and their lives. Not all will survive"--
"An unprecedented look inside a ruthless and obscenely wealthy branch of the Italian Mafia and the electrifying story of the brave women who decided to fight back"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, 2018
ISBN: 9780062655639
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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d2013 Jul 26, 2018

An informative, frightening look at the 'Calabrina Mafia'. It's power, it's wealth, it's control over families. Being a closed group, if you are born in this family, you stay and marry in the Calabrina Mafia. If you dare go against their rules, you disappear. This story is about the brave women who dared. Interesting read!

Jul 26, 2018

This book is a really good page turner and quite an eye-opener about the mafia and family ties and hunger for power and the individuals who had great courage and determination in the face of great peril. Highly recommended.

Jul 22, 2018

This is an amazing book and well worth the read ! The courage of these women is incredible.

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