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Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business: Shocking Declassified Details from the FBI's Greatest Undercover Operation
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Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business: Shocking Declassified Details from the FBI's Greatest Undercover Operation

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The Final Chapter in the FBI's Greatest Mafia Sting-with Shocking Declassified Details from the Donnie Brasco Operation and a Timeline of the Fall of the Mafia. When FBI Special Agent Joe Pistone began what was supposed to be a six-month operation infiltrating New York's Bonanno crime family in 1975, he had no idea what was about to happen. Posing as jewel thief

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The Final Chapter in the FBI's Greatest Mafia Sting-with Shocking Declassified Details from the Donnie Brasco Operation and a Timeline of the Fall of the Mafia. When FBI Special Agent Joe Pistone began what was supposed to be a six-month operation infiltrating New York's Bonanno crime family in 1975, he had no idea what was about to happen. Posing as jewel thief "Donnie Brasco," Pistone would spend the next six years undercover in the Family, witnessing-and sometimes participating in-the Mafia's gruesome activities while gathering enough evidence to send over 200 gangsters to jail. Pistone told his story in the 1988 book Donnie Brasco-a New York Times bestseller and later a feature film starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. But because of pending trials at the time of publication, many details of the alleged crimes were omitted. Now, in Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business, Pistone for the first time reveals with great detail the horrific deeds of wiseguys Tony Mirra, Lefty Ruggiero, Sonny Black, and the rest of the cold-blooded Bonanno crew. He puts the operation into historical perspective, detailing the timeline of Mafia trials from 1981 through 2005 that crippled the New York City crime family. He also recounts his experiences after the operation, his time on the Hollywood set with Pacino and Depp, and other undercover operations through present day.

A tense, thrilling account of the greatest infiltration ever by a federal agent into the most brutal gang of killers in the world, Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business is the final chapter in the story of a real American hero.

Editorial Reviews

Crime may not pay, but it certainly makes great books and movies. Nothing proves that better than the thrilling epic of Joseph Pistone, a "Jersey boy" FBI agent who spent six years undercover in the Mafia, posing as Bonanno family mobster Donnie Brasco. After he came up for air in 1981, more than 200 wiseguys ended up in the slammer on the strength of his testimony. His 1988 memoir became a coast-to-coast bestseller, and the 1997 film Donnie Brasco, starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, became a box office hit. In this book, Pistone utilizes newly declassified information to fill in the details of his remarkable anti-Mob campaign.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762427079
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
01/29/2007
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph D. Pistone is the legendary FBI Special Agent who put his life on the line to infiltrate the U.S. Mafia for six years, resulting in the convictions of over 200 mobsters. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Donnie Brasco and The Way of the Wiseguy (also by Running Press), and has written several novels about the underworld. He lives in an undisclosed location.

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Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It reaveals the fact that hollywood butchered the story. Am I the only one who feels Joe Pistone did not reveal all of his criminal activities?
mrbluesman More than 1 year ago
Glad I only spent 5 bucks for this book. It's certainly not terrible, but, I lost interest somewhere between the first and second chapters. It's not as if the subject matter is boring, it's not. But, Pistone writes and thinks like a true cop. All the wiseguys are bad. The FBI always wins and, when they lose, it's someone else fault (either a "fluke," a bad jury/juror or a bad prosecutor, etc.) Pistone's view, here, is a cop's view and it grows boring after awhile. His views are just too black and white for me and, although I finished the book, I certainly had to force myself to do it.
WilPA More than 1 year ago
Like many, I have a deep interest in learing about the unknown. Reading "Donny's" account of his life in undercover creates a deep appreciation of all the he and his family gave up for us to have a safer world. The Saprano's is a look at the "other side" but only from an entertainment point of view. This book allows the "nice" immage to be stripped away and the ugly side to come into view.
B7 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of true crime. This book kept me well entertained throughout. I enjoy books that come straight from the source. If you enjoy the same, this one's for you. How a man of the law could stand toe to toe with tough guys and murderers. And be tough if not tougher than them. It's truly amazing what he went through and accomplished. Every day risking his life to protect the citizens of this country. I recommend this book for all adults to read. Other books similar to this that I highly recommend are: No Angel by Jay Dobyns: ATF Agent who infiltrated the Hell's Angels. Also Under and Alone by William Queen: ATF Agent who infiltrated the Mongols Motorcycle club. Both books are deeply in-depth. Very much a pleasure to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of details. It is sometimes captivating and exciting, but Pistone is foremost an FBI agent and not a literary genius. His eye for detail is great, however, he flip flops throughout the story, often repeating something several times or failing to explain a situation. The book does give you amazing new information on the American Mafia and the trials that helped it crumble. It is, however, not extremely objective in that Pistone is viewed as this incredible angel who defeated the Mafia. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Mafia continues to exist today. It did suffer a great blow due to Pistone's undercover stint and the RICO law, but Pistone leads the reader to believe the Mafia is no longer, which is far from the case. I read it quickly so I didn't feel it was a waste of my time, but it's sometimes hard to track and his repeated 'nothing for nothing' really started to make me mad after the twentieth time.
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Great story, poorly written.
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