The Good Mothers

The Good Mothers

Alex Perry

Nonfiction

You are born in it or marry in. Loyalty is absolute – bloodshed revered. You go to prison, your grave, or kill your relatives before betraying The Family. The 'Ndrangheta is the most powerful, stealthy organised crime network in Italy and worldwide, upheld by the omertà [silence] code. This is the story of the women who broke the silence. Founded more than 150 years ago by old shepherding families and orange farmers in the toe of southern Italy, the Calabrian mafia is one of the richest and most ruthless organized crime syndicates in the world. It runs 70% of the cocaine and heroin in Europe, manages billion-dollar extortion rackets, plunders the Italian state and the European Union and brokers illegal arms around the world. The industrial-scale money laundering required to clean hundreds of billions of euros – the Calabrians' own and other mafias' wealth that they process for a fee – ensures they are in all our lives. We live in their buildings, work in their companies, shop in...
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Lifeblood

Lifeblood

Alex Perry

Nonfiction

In 2006, the Wall Street pioneer and philanthropist Ray Chambers flicked through some holiday snapshots taken by his friend, development economist Jeff Sachs, and remarked on the placid beauty of a group of sleeping Malawian children. "They're not sleeping," Sachs told him. "They're in malarial comas. A few days later, they were all dead." Chambers had long avoided the public eye, but this moment sparked his determination to coordinate an unprecedented, worldwide effort to eradicate a disease that has haunted humanity since before the advent of medicine.Award-winning journalist Alex Perry obtained unique access to Chambers, now the UN Special Envoy for Malaria. In this book, Perry weaves together science and history with on-the-ground reporting and a riveting exposé of the workings of humanitarian aid to document Chambers' campaign. By replacing traditional ideas of assistance with business acumen and hustle, Chambers saved millions of lives, and upturned current...
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