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Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System | [Roberto Saviano]

Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System

A groundbreaking major best seller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal. Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast
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A groundbreaking major best seller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal.

Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast and is the deciding factor in why Campania, for instance, has the highest murder rate in all of Europe and why cancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years.

Saviano tells of huge cargoes of Chinese goods that are shipped to Naples and then quickly distributed unchecked across Europe. He investigates the Camorra's control of thousands of Chinese factories contracted to manufacture fashion goods, legally and illegally, for distribution around the world, and relates the chilling details of how the abusive handling of toxic waste is causing devastating pollution not only for Naples but also China and Somalia.

In pursuit of his subject, Saviano worked as an assistant at a Chinese textile manufacturer, as a waiter at a Camorra wedding, and on a construction site. A native of the region, he recalls seeing his first murder at the age of 14 and how his own father, a doctor, suffered a brutal beating for trying to aid an 18-year-old victim who had been left for dead in the street.

Gomorrah is a bold and important work of investigative writing that holds global significance, one heroic young man's impassioned story of a place under the rule of a murderous organization.

©2006 Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., Milan; (P)2007 Tantor

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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-20-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-20-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Eye Opener"

    Well, I knew nothing about the Mob in Italy until I lisened to this book. This is a great book translated from Italian. It gives a clear insight into how organized crime is influencing many aspects of life across the world. It is read well and will keep anyone even marginally interested in the topic listening. IT is disturbing, exciting, informative, and raw. The reader had my earlobes in his hands for hours.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kim Etna, NH, United States 06-10-12
    Joshua Kim Etna, NH, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Soprano's Move Over"

    Six seasons of The Sopranos, plus three Godfather movies and a bunch of organized crime books have pretty much formed my views of the mafia. Organized crime as entertainment. Gomorrah tells what happens when organized crime infiltrates every aspect of the economy and social life, as it has done in Southern Italy. Saviano, a native son of Naples, provides an insider personal account of the social and human costs of living in a mafia dominated culture. The incredible levels of violence and corruption spawned by mafia control are shocking and eye opening, even more so given this story is playing out in the heart of Western Europe.

    Not a hopeful book, not an entertaining book, but a fascinating exposition of a world both unknown and hidden to outsiders. An excellent companion to McMafia, filling in the details to Glenny's broad outlines. This book was apparently a sensation when published in Italy, although the author has had to go into hiding because of death threats. Are there places in the U.S. where organized crime continues exert significant control in aspects of the economy?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Oak Park, IL, United States 04-02-10
    John Oak Park, IL, United States 04-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "fight the mob"

    fight the mob, buy this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lateefah 03-22-09
    Lateefah 03-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't waste your time!"

    This was a horrible audiobook. There is no real story just a list of names that the author recounts. I tortured myself to finish this only because I did not want to waste my money.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard R 03-09-09
    Richard R 03-09-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Way Overwritten"

    I know this was a bestselling book and a movie, and the author's life is in danger because he wrote this book. But still, every paragraph seems to consist of one sentence, and then the same sentence rewritten in different ways four or five times. Where is the editor? I couldn't finish this book, it was just too grueling for me. I think I'll try renting the movie to see if I can enjoy the story when it's written a bit more tightly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Manuel piscataway, NJ, USA 05-11-09
    Manuel piscataway, NJ, USA 05-11-09
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    "not bad but not what i was expecting"

    I purchased this book because of the publicity around it, but did not know anything about the author or even the subject matter.
    It opened my eyes to the subject matter and the unrivaled violence of the crime group. In that it delivered.
    It is a raw look at the system and how it affects the territory and people of naples.
    In my view. The only problem was that I went in expecting a story and found none.
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    my fault for buying without knowing more about it.
    For a look at this organized crime book it has to be one of the best sources in the market

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    Edward ny, NY, USA 03-22-09
    Edward ny, NY, USA 03-22-09
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    "very good narrator"

    i am sure you can read more about the book itself somewhere else. it is chilling and brutal, but very engaging. sort of reminds me of 'the wire' in it's verite style. the narrator does an excellent job of staying out of the way and letting the story tell itself. his voice is clear and easy to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 01-19-12
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    "Boring!"
    What would have made Gomorrah better?

    Unless you know the area, people or have a profound interest in the intricate details of the mob in Naples this is pretty boring. It


    What aspect of Michael Kramer???s performance would you have changed?

    It's just very monotone.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    06-16-09
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    "A little dull"

    Overall the content was good, but the narration and translation were very poorly done, and at times very dull. I found it difficult to keep my mind from wandering to other thoughts.
    The author paints a stark yet dark gruesome picture of the sociopathic life style of the Camorra mafia.
    The ending was by far the worst ever written!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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