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Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking major best seller 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 14 and how his own father, a doctor, suffered a brutal beating for trying to aid an 18-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.

©2006 Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., Milan (P)2007 Tantor

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  • Xyo
  • 2021-09-12

One of the best

I found the beginning of the book a bit slow, but overall this piece is a masterpiece from beginning to end. It needs no real introduction, having been converted into various TV shows and movies you begin to understand its acclaim as you get through it.

The narrator as well does an amazing job in setting the tone. Very well written, translated, and read.

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  • Roy
  • 2009-02-20

Eye Opener

Well, I knew nothing about the Mob in Italy until I lisened to this book. This is a great book translated from Italian. It gives a clear insight into how organized crime is influencing many aspects of life across the world. It is read well and will keep anyone even marginally interested in the topic listening. IT is disturbing, exciting, informative, and raw. The reader had my earlobes in his hands for hours.

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  • Joshua Kim
  • 2012-06-10

Soprano's Move Over

Six seasons of The Sopranos, plus three Godfather movies and a bunch of organized crime books have pretty much formed my views of the mafia. Organized crime as entertainment. Gomorrah tells what happens when organized crime infiltrates every aspect of the economy and social life, as it has done in Southern Italy. Saviano, a native son of Naples, provides an insider personal account of the social and human costs of living in a mafia dominated culture. The incredible levels of violence and corruption spawned by mafia control are shocking and eye opening, even more so given this story is playing out in the heart of Western Europe.

Not a hopeful book, not an entertaining book, but a fascinating exposition of a world both unknown and hidden to outsiders. An excellent companion to McMafia, filling in the details to Glenny's broad outlines. This book was apparently a sensation when published in Italy, although the author has had to go into hiding because of death threats. Are there places in the U.S. where organized crime continues exert significant control in aspects of the economy?

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  • Mitch ross
  • 2021-05-17

BORING

This book was on a list of disturbing true crime books. It is lame in every sense of the word. A waste of my money on audible. No graphic or gory details as most true crime books write about. Very disappointed. He spent most of the book going over details on how they got a nickname.

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  • T. W.
  • 2009-03-22

Don't waste your time!

This was a horrible audiobook. There is no real story just a list of names that the author recounts. I tortured myself to finish this only because I did not want to waste my money.

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  • Pete
  • 2021-07-06

surprisingly bad

If you're looking for a similar entertainment experience to the great tv series, this isn't it. Monotonal reading of scattered material, zero development of any of the characters.

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  • TOM WORKING
  • 2016-09-14

Crazy good

Fantastic story, fantastic narration. One of my all time favourites. Pronunciation of the Italian was really good, kudos to Michael Kramer.

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  • Edward
  • 2009-03-22

very good narrator

i am sure you can read more about the book itself somewhere else. it is chilling and brutal, but very engaging. sort of reminds me of 'the wire' in it's verite style. the narrator does an excellent job of staying out of the way and letting the story tell itself. his voice is clear and easy to listen to.

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  • Alexandro R.
  • 2022-03-13

Highly Recommended

A must read for all organized crime fans! Finished it in a day, I couldn't stop. On my second go, it's that good, I wish I was into books when I was in my 20s.

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  • Tim Glennon
  • 2022-03-07

awesome book

great overview of Italy Camorra crime families, great history, not to be missed, highly recommended

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  • Marko
  • 2021-10-31

Worth every penny/credit

Possible the best inside look at the brutal and unglamorous world of European organized crime.