Updated on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Carl Russo
Updated on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Carl Russo
The new Indiegogo campaign has launched!
by Carl Russo
There is light at the end of the tunnel! The project known as Mafia Exposed will come to a tidy conclusion with a book to be published in January 2014. In a year's time, you can have your very own copy of The Sicilian Mafia: An Illustrated Travel Guide published by Strategic Media Books. 275 pages, 200 black-and-white photographs, softcover, bestseller. Come on, I gotta think big!
Like much of this blog, the book's focus will be the western half of Sicily. The nineteenth-century origins of the Cosa Nostra. Mussolini's Fascist crackdown. The postwar return of the bosses and the slaughter of peasant activists. The Sack of Palermo. The Mafia wars. The rise of the Corleonese Mafia. Totò Riina's war on the state. The "excellent cadavers." The maxi-trials. The anti-Mafia movement. The secret State-Mafia negotiations. You crime buffs know many of the stories. Soon you'll be able to match them all to the locations.
And if that stuff is like a foreign language to new readers, well, you've got a fun read ahead with the world's first geographic history of the original Cosa Nostra.
With a July 2014 deadline, I have my work cut out for me. And I'm hoping to squeeze in one last journey to Sicily. Several Mafia locations have come to light since my last trip. Those, along with recent newsworthy events that would make the book absolutely up to date.