Roberto Saviano

The Magic Hour Issue

A Country Flees Its History of Corruption

The Albanian economy is booming, but organized crime is a major export of this growing global power.
Roberto Saviano
The Uganda Love This Issue

The Worldwide War Against Free Speech

Blackmail and fear are the tools used to destroy freedom of expression. And beware, it is being destroyed.
Roberto Saviano
The Off the Deep End Issue

The Complex Role of Women in the Italian Mob

Female gangsters are subject to arcane rules, rigorous rituals, and unbreakable commitments.
Roberto Saviano
The Outta My Way, I’m Walking Here Issue

How the Mob Turned Southern Italy into a Toxic Wasteland

Campania Felix has become the "Land of Fires," as it is popularly known. When people travel here, they see continual columns of smoke and flames, signs of the garbage that is torched in the countryside.
Roberto Saviano

How the Mob Gets Rich Off of Recessions

The Mafia has always profited from economic crisis. Recessions fill up the mob's coffers and boost its social standing. In fact crime is one of the few sectors of the economy that thrive in moments of financial decline.
Roberto Saviano
The Dirty Laundry Issue

Crimine-Infinito: The Complex Structure of the Calabrian Mob

Long considered a "horizontal Mafia," or a simple confederation of clans, the 'Ndrangheta was shown to have a secret hierarchical structure with a central leader, exactly like the better-known Cosa Nostra.
Roberto Saviano
The Do It Well and Leave Something Witchy Issue

Organized Crime Pays

Being involved in the Mafia is not a glamorous profession. Starting salaries are low, and even if you become a boss you'll someday be murdered by your enemies or thrown in prison.
Roberto Saviano
The True Crime Issue

How It Feels to Live Your Life Under Police Protection

Famed crime writer Roberto Saviano on the eight years he's spent worrying about death threats.
Roberto Saviano