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

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

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By (author) Roberto Saviano, Narrator Michael Kramer

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 190mm x 16mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400155576
  • ISBN 13: 9781400155576
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 742,115

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A groundbreaking major bestseller 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 fourteen and how his own father, a doctor, suffered a brutal beating for trying to aid an eighteen-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.

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Roberto Saviano's first book, "Gomorrah," won the 2006 Viareggio Literary Prize. Audiobook veteran Michael Kramer has recorded more than two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers and many more for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. An "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner and an Audie Award nominee, he earned a "Publishers Weekly" Listen-Up Award for his reading of "Savages" by Don Winslow.

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"The emotional truth of Saviano's account is unassailable. I could not get this brave book out of my head." ---The New York Times