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Publisher's Summary

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

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.

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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?

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  • Tom
  • Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada
  • 09-14-16

Took some serious balls to write this

Excellent writer, excellent narrator. The story is so compelling for people who enjoy true crime. Best book on Italian organized crime ever written. The Cammora makes the US Mafia look like Boy Scouts.

Excellent.

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  • John
  • Oak Park, IL, United States
  • 04-02-10

fight the mob

fight the mob, buy this book

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Again, with more feeling!

Mr. Kramer's tone and inflection are not contagious. Quite uninteresting. Mr Saviano could have written a better, more compelling story given the information he uncovered. No characters in which to relate. "Preachy" I wanted it to be better.

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Names, Names, Names -- Why?

A good portion of this book consists of names, names, and more names. It beats me why the author would spend so much time on names. It's not like any of them had a bit of meaning to me. Overall, this book was a disappointment. I was eager to get into it and learn the in's and out's. Well, that just never happened. Simply, it's not interesting and provides zero insight.

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