Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco

by Joseph D. Pistone
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Overview

Donnie Brasco by Joseph D. Pistone

Posing as jewel thief "Donnie Brasco," FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone carried out the most audacious sting operation ever, working undercover for six years to infiltrate the flamboyant community of mafia soldiers, "connected guys," captains, and godfathers.

Now his unforgettable eyewitness account brings to pulsating life the entire world of wiseguys—their code of honor and their treachery, their wives, girlfriends and whores, their lavish spending and dirty dealings.

With the drama and suspense of a high-tension thriller, Joseph Pistone reveals every incredible aspect of the jealously guarded world he penetrated...and draws a chilling picture of what the mafia is, does, and means in America today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101154069
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/1997
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 112,015
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph D. Pistone was an FBI agent for seventeen years before retiring from active duty in 1996. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia, Donnie Brasco: Deep Cover, and Donnie Brasco: Mobbed Up. The Academy Award-nominated movie Donnie Brasco and the television series Falcone are based on his life as an undercover FBI agent. He now lives under a secret identity in an undisclosed location.

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Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I saw the movie first and it's interesting to see how the two relate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, poorly written.
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1Read-A-Holic More than 1 year ago
Undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone takes us into the belly of the underworld in the la cosa nostra families. He explains his understanding of the neighborhoods from is background of growing up in it and being familiar with their code and rules. He make a choice in his youth that takes him in one direction, while friends of his from the neighborhood take another road. As he matures he become an FBI agent and uses this background of his to enter the mafia with the cover story of being a jewel thief. He explains to the reader the dual roll he plays of being a convincing crook to the mafia members and associates so he stays alive, and getting the evidence and elements of various crimes needed to later make arrests that will withstand defense attorney's scrutiny in court. His survival often depends on his quick thinking and decision making, along with just a bit of luck. He reveals the personal sacrifices he makes of himself, his marriage and his children. At the conclusion of his undercover work he becomes a marked man with a price on his head. He and his entire family will forever be looking over their shoulders. This is a in depth look from the agent's perspective of the plan, execution, and need for constant flexibility while working an undercover assignment. It is somewhat dated by the passage of time, but the essence is applicable to today as well