The Way of the Wiseguy

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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 spent six years infiltrating the Mafia as an undercover FBI agent. Now, years later, Pistone reassesses the underworld, and the surveillance ...

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Overview

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 spent six years infiltrating the Mafia as an undercover FBI agent. Now, years later, Pistone reassesses the underworld, and the surveillance audio provides additional insight. Often poignant, and in startling detail, THE WAY OF THE WISEGUY gives readers a first-hand look at the psychology and customs of the wiseguy.The book features 34 chapters that reveal key principles of wiseguy life, including “How Wiseguys Carry Out a Hit,” “How Wiseguys Get Straightened Out,” and “A Typical Day in the Life of a Wiseguy.” Pistone’s spellbinding stories provide a first-hand look at this lawless realm of badguys, which is often uncannily relevant to the workings of legitimate big business and everyday social discourse.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The romanticized view of the mob gets a reality check in this fascinating guide to the real Cosa Nostra from Pistone, who successfully infiltrated one of New York City's five families as an FBI undercover agent in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During his six years posing as Donnie Brasco, Pistone managed to gain the trust of countless mobsters and was almost formally made a member of the Mafia. That access led to numerous investigations and prosecutions resulting in more than 100 convictions, including those of the bosses who formed the mob's ruling body, the Commission. Pistone's first book, the bestselling Donnie Brasco (later filmed with Johnny Depp in the lead role), presented a detailed chronological narrative of his infiltration. This time, he has organized his experiences into short chapters describing what the gangsters he worked with were really like, with titles such as "A Typical Day in the Life of a Wiseguy" and "How Wiseguys Take over a Business." He makes abundantly clear that the codes of honor depicted in popular culture and self-serving Mafiosi memoirs are myths, as is the notion that the old-timers steered clear of drug-dealing for moral reasons. The book also contains an amazing extra-a CD of an actual FBI surveillance tape in which thugs talk about the idea of doing in Donnie Brasco. Agent, Frank Weimann. (Apr. 1) Forecast: A 50,000 printing, a $50,000 national ad campaign and a seven-city author tour should help launch this onto many bestseller lists. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Former FBI agent Pistone authored the best-selling Donnie Brasco (Pistone's assumed name), which detailed his years of deep, perilous undercover work within the Mafia and later begat the Johnny Depp/Al Pacino movie of the same name. Here he returns with a kind of Cliffs Notes guide to wiseguys for those who either didn't catch Donnie Brasco or Pistone's Mafia novels or who have trouble drawing their own conclusions about people, offering short chapters such as "Wiseguys Are Not Nice Guys," "Why Wiseguys Will Kill You," and the like, all designed to show the reader that, well, wiseguys are not nice guys. (The Bonanno family put out a $500,000 contract on him when it became known that he was a cop.) In so doing, he assumes a tough-guy persona that establishes a certain tone and probably did wonders in keeping him alive during his years undercover but does wear a bit thin. Other than his observations that the younger generation of mobster is a different breed of cat, more careless and less respectful of the rules and traditions of the mob, Pistone offers few new revelations about Mafiosi. Still, the public's abiding interest in gangsters and the Donnie Brasco connection will create demand. Recommended for most public libraries. Jim Burns, Jacksonville P.L., FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762423842
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/11/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 685,182
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.66 (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 lives in an undisclosed location.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    This book is not an endorsement of mob methods or lifestyles,as

    This book is not an endorsement of mob methods or lifestyles,as some might surmise,but a realistic assessment of how dangerous and deadly involvement with these guys can be,as evidenced by the fact that S.A. Pistone would have been killed more than likely,even though mobsters have previously to my knowledge never ordered a hit on an FBI agent,though they have on "Dirty Cops who were "In bed with OC"(organized crime).In Underboss, Gravano described one soldier as "He is such a bad guy,he'll kill everyone in the indictment so he can fight the case alone".This is real,not a made for TV series where you get to like the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2004

    FUGHEDABOUDIT!

    This book was the best book that I have read in a long time. The author gives you a look at the day to day to day life of a wiseguy. This book is GREAT! Fughedaboudit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2004

    Accurate and Outstanding

    An excellent and most authorative novel about the Mafia from the guy who knows it better than anyone else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2004

    better than the movie by far

    This book was a great read. I had a hard time putting it down because of all the interesting, first-hand stories from the author.

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    Posted December 1, 2012

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