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The Good Mothers

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

by Alex Perry

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The Good Mothers by Alex Perry
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    Jun 2018, 352 pages

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A fast-paced, true-crime work about a little-known but immensely powerful mafia family and the women who defied it.

Over time, most readers have formed some opinion of the mafia; between Marlon Brando's iconic portrayal of a mob boss in The Godfather and ongoing news stories about Sicily's Cosa Nostra, the concept is a familiar one. In his latest true-crime saga, The Good Mothers, Alex Perry introduces us to a lesser-known Italian crime family – the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta - and the brave women who broke omertà (the mafia's code of silence) to help prosecutors send the family's leaders to prison.

Perry's account is eye-opening and exceptionally relevant, given what we now know is this organization's broad reach. As some of the more notable crime families "[saw] their power steadily eroded by a state crackdown and popular resistance," the 'Ndrangheta (pronounced n-DRAHNG-ghe-ta) gained a massive amount of wealth, driven largely by their ability to ...

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