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Excellent cadavers : the mafia and the death of the first Italian Republic /
Alexander Stille.
edition
1st Vintage Books ed.
imprint
New York : Vintage, 1996, c1995.
description
467 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0679768637
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imprint
New York : Vintage, 1996, c1995.
isbn
0679768637
catalogue key
3598051
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 445-449) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1996-06-24:
An excellent account of two Sicilian prosecutors whose investigation of the Mafia led to the top levels of the Italian government and eventually, to their own murders. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 1995-11:
Excellent cadavers is "a term used in Sicily to distinguish the assassination of prominent government officials from the hundreds of common criminals and ordinary citizens killed in the course of routine mafia business." This book is about the courageous but often sadly isolated efforts of a team of judges, led by Sicilians Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, to unravel the tangle of mafia and politics and bring mafiosi to justice. In 1992, Falcone and Borsellino were assassinated by the mafia in spectacular bombings; their deaths elicited a broader war against the mafia and contributed to the demise of Italy's First Republic. Stille's gripping narrative brings to life "the Pirandellian world of Sicilian politics, where appearance and reality are easily confused and where the face of the mafia may hide behind the respectable mask of lawyer, judge, businessman, priest, or politician." At once fascinating and meticulous, the book displays remarkable mastery of sources (a sea of judicial and police records and scores of interviews), sound judgment, and deep empathy. A luminous tribute to the judges whose blood, sweat, and tears have made it possible to understand and shake the mafia. Bravissimo! All levels. J. Alcorn; Trinity College (CT)
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In 1992 Italy was convulsed by two brazen Mafia assassinations of high-ranking officials. The latest "excellent cadavers" were Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, the Sicilian magistrates who had been the Cosa Nostra's most implacable enemies. Yet in the aftermath of the murders, hundreds of "men of honor" were arrested and the government that ad protected them for nearly half a century was at last driven from office. This is the story that Stille tells with such insight and immediacy inExcellent Cadavers. Combining a profound understanding of his doomed heroes with and unprecedented look into the Mafia's stringent codes and murderous rivalries, he gives us a book that has the power of a great work of history and the suspense of a true thriller. "Riveting...a well-paced and highly informative account stocked with well-drawn characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer "Masterful...[Stille] delivers a stiletto-sharp portrait of the bloodthirsty Sicilian mafia."--Business Week
Main Description
In 1992 Italy was convulsed by two brazen Mafia assassinations of high-ranking officials. The latest "excellent cadavers" were Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, the Sicilian magistrates who had been the Cosa Nostra's most implacable enemies. Yet in the aftermath of the murders, hundreds of "men of honor" were arrested and the government that ad protected them for nearly half a century was at last driven from office. This is the story that Stille tells with such insight and immediacy in Excellent Cadavers. Combining a profound understanding of his doomed heroes with and unprecedented look into the Mafia's stringent codes and murderous rivalries, he gives us a book that has the power of a great work of history and the suspense of a true thriller. "Riveting...a well-paced and highly informative account stocked with well-drawn characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer "Masterful...[Stille] delivers a stiletto-sharp portrait of the bloodthirsty Sicilian mafia."--Business Week

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