The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World’s Most Powerful Mafia Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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An unprecedented look inside a deadly and obscenely wealthy branch of the Italian mafia and the electrifying story of the women who risked everything to bring them down.
The Calabrian Mafia - known as the ’Ndrangheta - is one of the richest and most ruthless crime syndicates in the world, with branches stretching from America to Australia. It controls 70 percent of the cocaine and heroin supply in Europe, manages billion-dollar extortion rackets, brokers illegal arms deals - supplying weapons to criminals and terrorists - and plunders the treasuries of both Italy and the European Union.
The ’Ndrangheta’s power derives from a macho mix of violence and silence - omertà. Yet it endures because of family ties: you are born into the syndicate, or you marry in. Loyalty is absolute. Bloodshed is revered. You go to prison or your grave and kill your own father, brother, sister, or mother in cold blood before you betray The Family. Accompanying the ’Ndrangheta’s reverence for tradition and history is a violent misogyny among its men. Women are viewed as chattel, bargaining chips for building and maintaining clan alliances and beatings - and worse - are routine.
In 2009, after one abused ’Ndrangheta wife was murdered for turning state’s evidence, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti considered a tantalizing possibility: that the ’Ndrangheta’s sexism might be its greatest flaw - and her most effective weapon. Approaching two more mafia wives, Alessandra persuaded them to testify in return for a new future for themselves and their children.
A feminist saga of true crime and justice, The Good Mothers is the riveting story of a high-stakes battle pitting a brilliant, driven woman fighting to save a nation against ruthless mafiosi fighting for their existence. Caught in the middle are three women fighting for their children and their lives. Not all will survive.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 32 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||June 05 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #137,367 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#153 in Women History
#995 in Gender Studies (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,288 in True Crime (Books)
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This gripping story focuses on the undoing of the Calabrian Mafia in the region where it all began, following the confessions of Mafia women, mothers, who break their fearsome code of silence - and risk terrible revenge. Be prepared for some stomach churning moments. But the book is more than that. It's about oppressed women, male hubris and power, perverted family values, insatiable greed and the normalisation of violence. But importantly, it's also about how a determined state, with the right resources, committed agents and fair bit of luck, can begin to dismantle a criminal empire.
The book is long and well referenced, and a page turner. It left me both depressed and heartened. Depressed that the Mafia ever evolves and adapts; heartened that some brave women in its midst choose to take a stand and, with good support, can really make a difference.
Well written and executed, this book unveils a lot more about the mafia than I thought I knew.
It’s also really sad, I was quite upset by it, even though I was interested and had a good idea about what went on.
I can imagine this could be quite a lengthy read for some, but by the end it shows a bigger picture and I’m glad I hadn’t been put off.