The Honoured Society: The Sicilian Mafia Observed

The Honoured Society: The Sicilian Mafia Observed


By (author) Norman Lewis


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  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 15mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0907871488
  • ISBN 13: 9780907871484
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, 1 map, ports.
  • Sales rank: 112,384

Product description

the best book on the Mafia in Sicily - its origins, its code of honour, its secrecy and its brutality. A chilling insight. - reveals how Mafia violence and corruption crept even into every aspect of Sicilian society, including the police and the church - and how this was only possible with the help of the American army, who gave the Mafia, by then all but destroyed by the Fascist government, the kiss of life when they occupied the island in 1943 - the perfect companion for any traveller to Sicily, and a gripping armchair read

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Author information

Norman Lewis is England's finest, living travel writer. He has written a dozen travel books, including such masterpieces as Naples'44, Golden Earth and A Dragon Apparent. He has also written thirteen novels. Lewis regards his life's major achievement to be the reaction to an article written by him entitled Genocide in Brazil, published in 1968. This led to a change in Brazilian law relating to the treatment of Indians, and to the formation of Survival International, which campaigns for the rights of indigenous peoples.

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"Deft, witty and totally compelling" Time Out

Editorial reviews

It is hard to believe that the American Allies during World War II returned the Mafia to power after Mussolini came close to destroying it. This event and other tales of corruption and murder in Sicily are expertly recorded by travel writer Lewis in this eye-opening look at the world's most famous criminal organization - the 'honoured society', as they called themselves, which demands blind obedience but will defend their members through thick and thin. Most interesting is the illumination of the Mafia mentality and its complete separation from the outlook of the ordinary criminal. Includes thought-provoking black and white photographs. (Kirkus UK)