Way Of The Wiseguy
New in paperback with a 60-minute audio CD featuring dramatic FBI surveillance from the Donnie Brasco operation which was used in court to put 120 Mafia members in jail, here’s the first nonfiction work from Joe Pistone since his New York Times #1 bestseller and hit movie, Donnie Brasco. Perhaps no man alive knows the lifestyle of wiseguys better than Pistone does, having...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 13th 2005 by Running Press
(first published March 1st 2004)
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This book rocked. And with chapter headings like "Why Wiseguys Never Lose a Fight" and "Wiseguys Never Make Reservations," how could it not? It explained a lot of nitty-gritty about mob life, some of it hilarious (apparently it's called "going to the mattresses" because all the wiseguys live together during mob wars, sleeping on mattresses on the floor! It's like mafia sleepaway camp! And they designate someone to cook! Apparently preparing a good tomato sauce is a badge of honor among wiseguys)...more
I picked up this book randomly while walking through the Non-Fiction section at the library. I enjoyed the Donnie Brasco movie, as well as other Mafia movies. I liked the way the book was set up, and found it to be quick, fun reading. I also find it very impressive that the author was able to infiltrate the Mafia so well, especially after reading a lot of the traditions and feelings of members of the Mafia in the book.
Having seen the movie, I wanted to follow up with the writings and was equally impressed with the similarities between the two. Joe does a great job explaining how he was able to integrate so long and so well with the organization. Being a fiction writer of that time in American History I couldn't put the book down. Highly recommend if you are enjoy reading about the good that came from the bad.
I read this on my Android Kindle app. I was surprised when I went to turn the page and discovered I was already at the end of the book. It was a very quick read, and not because it was good. It seemed like a poor effort by the author. There's really not much to this book, unfortunately. There are some good nuggets and interesting facts, but overall not great.
Odds and ends, random facts about wiseguys and the mafia. There's a lot of good, entertaining stuff in here, but when you get done with it you just wish there was more to it. And for some reason, you get the impression that Pistone never has a conversation without the phrase "You know, when I was undercover as Donnie Brasco..." popping up at least twice.
Sometimes humorous, sometimes frightening description of mob life and mobsters that will disenchant those who may romanticize that lifestyle. It is a quick, easy read with short chapters that are headed with a statement such as "Wiseguys are Cheap" and proceeds to explain why the statement is true through example and recollection. Very entertaining.
Anyone who has seen and enjoyed Donnie Brasco will love this book. It is written by the FBI agent Joseph Pistone would went undercover as Donnie Brasco. He teaches everything about what it's like to be in the mafia and the attitudes behind such a lifestyle.
By the former FBI undercover aka Donnie Brasco, this self-aggrandizing, poorly written book tells what it’s like to live as a member of the mafia. Absolutely nothing you haven’t learned from Goodfellas and The Godfather Trilogy movies.
Dec 16, 2007 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: crime nuts
Great read for new readers of the crime world. A detailed account of what makes up some of the ruthless killers that Donnie Brasco worked with, it outlines what drives these men to the life that they lived and died with.