Wiseguy: The 25th Anniversary Edition [NOOK Book]

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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, ...
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Wiseguy: The 25th Anniversary Edition

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451642780
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 45,739
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Nicholas Pileggi is the bestselling author of WiseguyCasino, and Blye: Private Eye. He lives in New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    Great Book!

    WiseGuy is one of the best books I have ever read. The book is a biography of Henry Hill¿s life in the mafia, but can almost be passed a guide book on how to survive in the mafia. I love how this book is set up where the author, Nicholas Pileggi, gives his 3rd person view on the events that occur in Henry¿s life, then Henry himself tells his side of the story, and sometimes his wife, Karen, tells what she witnessed, and at one point Henry¿s girlfriend, Linda, tells what she had seen. You need all of these points of view to completely understand how Henry and the mafia operated their business.<BR/> To love this book, you have to love the mafia. Otherwise, you will not be interested in the story at all. It can be hard to follow everything that is going on if you are not interested and believe me, there is a lot going on. Not only that, you can become confused on whose talking in the story, though Pileggi clearly states on who is narrating with big bold names. Out of all the narrators, Henry speaks about 80% of the time. Then Karen probably speaks about 10% of the time while Pileggi and Linda have narrated 5% of the time each. <BR/> Another reason I love this book is the actual story. The story is crazy, violent, romantic, smart, and exciting all wrapped up into 308 pages. There are a few curse words (as made famous by Joe Pesci great performances) and violent scenes, but I do not think it is as bad as most people would think. If you have seen the movie Goodfellas (the movie that is based off the book), you have a good understanding about what the story is about, but there are little things that you do not normally see in movies but read in the books. For instance, do you remember in the movie the part where you see a young Henry Hill break car windows and blow them up? Do you know why he was doing that? I do. To find out, you have to read WiseGuy. Most people think ¿Oh, I have already watched the movie. Why do I need to read the book?¿ Well, I can honestly say I do not enjoy reading, but I couldn¿t put the book down! I loved it and I know you will love it too, even if you don¿t read very often, or don¿t like mafia books. Nicholas Pileggi is a great author, and is now one of my favorites. I completely recommend this book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2009

    A reader fascinated with the Mafia

    "Goodfellas" is a great movie and is perfectly cast. I have enjoyed watching it many times. While digging in my attic this week, I found an old tattered copy of "Wise Guy" that I didn't even know I had. I read it in a 1 day. It is true to the movie (or vice versa) and a book that I could not put down. It offers great insight into the workings of the Mafia and what that life is really like. Great read and highly recommended!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    Fantastically Written Book!!

    This is one of the most engrossing books I've ever read. The writing was action-packed and forward moving. I couldn't put the book down and was sorry when I finished it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    Magnificent Storytelling!

    After becoming a fan of the Martin Scorsese film GoodFellas, I was inspired to read the book on which it is based. The book is Wise Guy, and as soon as I started reading it, I couldn't stop. The inside life of Henry Hill is ten times as exciting as any other, and makes for a fun, fast, and great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Did not want this book to end!

    I have seen Goodfellas many times and it was amazing how closely the movie followed the book. I could not put my Nook down. The writing was so masterful that I felt I was folloing Henry around. Outstanding read that I would recommend to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    Outstanding Wiseguys; Mafia

    if you enjoy reading mafia books, I would really recommend you to read this outstanding book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    Gangsta

    ¿Wise Guy¿ by Nicholas Pileggi was based on a true story about a man named Henry Hill. He was a punk kid, who grew up poor in The Bronx dreaming of being a ¿Wise Guy¿in the mob. He began working at the age of twelve at a cab stand which led him to a job offer in the mob. It was a dream come true for Henry but it wasn¿t all it cracked up to be. This book is like a day to day documentary in the life of a mobster. I loved the book because it gave me a true insight into the life of somebody else. Nicholas Pileggi did very well on giving the exact details to this true story. Its an action packed book with many hard core characters. There is also a movie about this book called ¿Good Fellas¿ and you should definitely check it out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2004

    Best Mob Book I've read!

    Great mafia book, it is like the day to day journal of a mobster. Mr. Pileggi does a great job of telling the story of a low level hood who was not afraid to get into anything. From his days of parking Cadillacs to him eating mushroom and sausage pizza and drinking Orange Fanta before testifying against Jimmy Burke, this book has it all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Badass

    Hated that i finished it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    The best

    A fast and furious read. You can hear Liotta talking to you as you read each word.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Just great

    This book rocks plain and simple

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    After watching the movie "Goodfellas" I wanted to read

    After watching the movie &quot;Goodfellas&quot; I wanted to read the book Wiseguy to get more details of the crimes and murders. However, I felt that the book was pretty much the movie with only details of the jobs Henry and his crew hustled. I kept reading hoping to find out hopefully something new that the movie might have critically missed. Nope! Regardless, good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Good

    Good story! Like the afterword with character update.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Simply devine!

    Goodfellas is tied with The Shawshank Redemption as my favorite movie. I watch it at least 5 times a year. This book, for me, was nearly impossible to put down. The author has done a jam-up job at telling the story both in third-person summaries and first-person quotes. Thank you for such an awesome read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Q

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    SO GOOD!!

    I literally could not put this book down! I knew it was the inspiration for the movie Goodfellas, but I certainly didn't think that the movie would stick so closely to the book. Incredible to think that this was someone's real life. Amazing!!

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    GOOD READ

    I enjoyed the book it was true to the movie,saw the movie more time than I can count.Because of that I felt like I was part of the book.Sounds crazy but true.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Worst book i have ever read!

    B&N Totally sucks as they wont stop sending me emails asking me to review books! Please stop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Great book

    $12.99 is the most ive ever paid for a nook book but this was completely worth it!!

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    Awesome

    I loved this book. I would compare it to the Godfather.

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