One of Dainotto's top ten books about the mafia, as shared at the Guardian:
Mafia Brotherhoods by John Dickie (2014)Read about another entry on the list.
Historian Dickie is a master storyteller – which is fortunate for the reader of this 800-page tome, whose pages turn very quickly. It is one of the few books I know that attempt to trace the exhaustive history not of one, but of three Italian criminal organisations: ’ndrangheta, camorra, and mafia.
Also see Alice-Azania Jarvis's reading list on the mafia.