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The Good Mothers

The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia

By Alex Perry | Paperback | 1 Review(s)

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You are born into it or marry in. Loyalty is absolute, bloodshed revered and you kill or go to your grave before betraying The Family. This code of omerta is how the 'Ndrangheta became the world's most powerful mafia. The Good Mothers is the story of the women who broke the silence.

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Format
Paperback
Release Date
08 Feb 2018
Author(s)
Alex Perry
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN-13
9780008222116
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm x 24mm
Pages
320
Format
Paperback
Release Date
08 Feb 2018
Author(s)
Alex Perry
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN-13
9780008222116
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm x 24mm
Pages
320

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Publishers RRP $36.99

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10 May 2018

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This is the true account of the women who took on some of the world’s most powerful mafia men. Prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti was horrified by the abuse and disappearance of mafia wife Lea Graofalo. This led her to realise there was a key to bring down the mafia men by empowering their wives. Against odds, Alessandra pushed to bring freedom to these women and unravel the Italian Ndrangheta mafia stronghold. It’s brave and fascinating and a true ‘David and Goliath’ battle as their powers had tentacles that reach far and wide. “The Ndrangheta’s power rests on a code of silence, Omerta, enforced by a claustrophobic family hierarchy and murderous mysogyny. Men and boys rule. Girls are married off as teenagers in arranged clan alliances. Beatings are routine. A woman who is ‘unfaithful’ – even to a dead husband – can expect her sons, brothers or father to kill her to erase the ‘family shame’...” Truly horrific, especially given our liberal modern society and the defence of women is strong and has momentum. We can only salute the courage of one to find a way to bring such a cruel powerhouse down. After Lea Graofalo’s funeral in 2013 (four years after her death), a mass unification emerged in scenes of protest under the banner ‘I see, I feel, I speak’ and this signalled the turning point in witness protection and government duties to the safety of their women. This is a revealing insight into not only how the gangs worked but how a government and nation had to change to bring a new order.

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