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Fighting the Mafia and Renewing Sicilian Culture [Paperback]

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Pages   250
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 25, 2003
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1893554813  
EAN  9781893554818  

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Growing up in an aristocratic family that seems almost to have stepped out of the pages of The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Leoluca Orlando entered the law and politics in the late 1970s as one of the young idealists challenging the Mafia's control of Sicilian life. At about the same moment, a new and particularly vicious Mafia sect centered in the town of Corleone was making its appearance. Fueled by profits from the international heroin trade, this mafia gangsteristica embarked on a reign of terror that made Sicily into an Italian Lebanon, and filled the international press with pictures of bloody bodies-not just of Mafia rivals of the Corleonesi, but of police and government law enforcement officials as well. One of the Italian figures most identified with the Mafia's eclipse, Orlando has endured repeated assassination attempts and travels everywhere with a full bodyguard. Fighting the Mafia is his dramatic tale of witness and survival, of his effort to expose Mafia infiltration of the highest levels of Italy's national politics, and of the movement he helped build-in the schools and churches, and at the ballot box-to recapture Sicilian culture and inspire a renaissance of democracy.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Orlando is mayor of Palermo, Italy, and a former member of the Italian Parliament and of the European Parliament. He was given the Bayard Rustin Human Rights Award for 2000 by the American Federation of Teachers.

Leoluca Orlando currently resides in Palermo.

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Amazing story  Nov 28, 2002
This book tells an amazing story and has been a true inspiration for many people. Other groups/institutions/governments have tried to duplicate the methodology that was used in Sicily to improve their own cultures - moving from crime and corruption to a "culture of lawfulness." To see how a society has been able to move forward is great - it takes courage to be an optimist and obviously Leoluca Orlando and the people who worked with him were very courageous!
The view from the trenches  Feb 12, 2002
Fighting The Mafia and Renewing Sicilian Culture by Leoluca Orlando is an authentic chronicle of the incredible travails of the Sicilian people as they struggled to overthrow the yoke of the Mafia and the corrupted politicians with whom they were allied.

Orlando recounts the story as only one who was in the midst of the battle can do it. If you know anything at all about the history of the Mafia in Sicily and the US you realize that the story is authentic and understated. Enough detail is provided to support the narrative but there is no sensationalism, as incredible as that may sound.

The book ends on a chilling note. Much remains to be done.

Why Palermo was a pleasant surprize  Aug 22, 2001
My first visit to Sicily - and I hope not my last - took place this May. Our group had planned just a short visit to Palermo. Everything I had read said the city was chaotic - evidence of Mafia contamination all over; dirty, inadequate services, horrible traffic and somewhat dangerous. But some of the jewels were still there and worth the visit, we concluded. What a lovely surprize - We found a different Palermo from the one described in "Midnight in Sicily, and "On Persephone's Island." Renovation all over; the Teatro Massima newly re-opened and a city with a bright, good feel to it....After reading this book, I feel I had an insight into some of the ways this was done. If Stille's "Excellent Cadavers" takes you through the legal battles, this book talks about political and cultural changes as seen by its mayor. At first I was a little concerned with self-aggrandizement and Stille doesn't seem to be too great a fan, but I came to respect Orlando's story....I am very curious and would like to find out more about Orlando and also want to go back to Palermo, with more open eyes this time....By the way, the traffic was still terrible.
A gripping story  Aug 11, 2001
This is a remarkable book. It is both a suspenseful story of the attempt to root the Mafia out of the Sicilian bone marrow and also the story of making the culture free and autonomous. Leoluca Orlando is central to both of these narratives. Indeed, he embodies them in the courageous and dangerous life he has led. It would seem impossible to bring off a combination of The Godfather, The Leopard, and the Book of Virtues, but he has done it here. This story is unforgettable. It is a great read and would be a great movie.
menza menza  Jul 31, 2001
Overall an interesting read, but it was a little wordy. Mr. Orlando is a politician not a professional writer, and that was obvious.

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