Wiseguy

By Nicholas Pileggi
(Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781439184219, 383pp.)

Publication Date: May 25, 2010

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Description
Nicholas Pileggi's vivid, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the life of Henry Hill--the working-class Brooklyn kid who knew from age twelve that "to be a wiseguy was to own the world," who grew up to live the highs and lows of the mafia gangster's life--has been hailed as "the best book ever written on organized crime" ("Cosmopolitan").
This is the true-crime bestseller that was the basis for Martin Scorsese's film masterpiece "GoodFellas, "which brought to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds...with Henry Hill's crackling narration drawn straight out of "Wiseguy "and overseeing all the unforgettable action.
Read it and experience the secret life inside the mob--from one who's lived it.



About the Author
Nicholas Pileggi is the bestselling author of "Wiseguy", "Casino", and "Blye: Private Eye". He lives in New York.


NPR
Friday, Jun 15, 2012

Henry Hill, the mobster-turned-informant portrayed by Ray Liotta in the film Goodfellas, died Tuesday at age 69. Author Nicholas Pileggi talks about the colorful figure he profiled in the 1986 book Wiseguy, which became the basis for Goodfellas. More at NPR.org

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