Author: Nicholas Pileggi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A longtime member of organized crime recounts his criminal career, his involvement in the six-million dollar Lufthansa robbery, and his decision to become a federal witness
My Favorite Recipes From My Life as a Goodfella to Cooking on the Run
Author: Henry Hill,Priscilla Davis
Recipes to make even the toughest tough guy beg for more… Mom’s Antipasto • Sunday Gravy (Meat Sauce) • Cheater’s Chicken Stock • Striped Bass for Paulie • Fat Larry’s Pizza Dough • Henry’s Kickback Antipasti Hero • Sicilian Easter Bread with Colored Eggs • Clams Casino • Osso Buco • Oven Penitentiary Sauce with Sausage • Michael’s Favorite Ziti with Meat Sauce • and many others Henry Hill was a born wiseguy. At the pizzeria where he worked as a kid, he learned to substitute pork for veal in cutlets—which came in handy later when the bankroll was low. At thirteen, he got his first percentage from a local deli—that lost business when he started supplying the neighborhood wiseguys with his own heroes. And what great heroes they were… Once he entered Witness Protection, though, Hill found himself in places where prosciutto was impossible to get and gravy was something you put on mashed potatoes. So he learned to fake it when necessary (for example, Romano with white pepper took the place of real pecorino-siciliano cheese), and wherever he found himself, Hill managed to keep good Italian food on the table. He still brings this flair for improvisation to his cooking. No recipe is set in stone. And substitutions are listed in case you need them. Now, in his inimitable style, Hill tells some spicy stories of his life in the Mob and shows you how to whip up his favorite dishes, Sicilian style—even when you’re cooking on the run....
Author: Joe Pistone
Publisher: Running Press Adult
Category: True Crime
Now in paperback, 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. 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.
Lessons from a Life
Author: Guy Kawasaki
Category: Business & Economics
Silicon Valley icon and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki shares the unlikely stories of his life and the lessons we can draw from them. Guy Kawasaki has been a fixture in the tech world since he was part of Apple's original Macintosh team in the 1980s. He's widely respected as a source of wisdom about entrepreneurship, venture capital, marketing, and business evangelism, which he's shared in bestselling books such as The Art of the Start and Enchantment. But before all that, he was just a middle-class kid in Hawaii, a grandson of Japanese immigrants, who loved football and got a C+ in 9th grade English. Wise Guy, his most personal book, is about his surprising journey. It's not a traditional memoir but a series of vignettes. He toyed with calling it Miso Soup for the Soul, because these stories (like those in the Chicken Soup series) reflect a wide range of experiences that have enlightened and inspired him. For instance, you'll follow Guy as he . . . * Gets his first real job in the jewelry business--which turned out to be surprisingly useful training for the tech world. * Disparages one of Apple's potential partners in front of that company's CEO, at the sneaky instigation of Steve Jobs. * Blows up his Apple career with a single sentence, after Jobs withholds a pre-release copy of the Think Different ad campaign: "That's okay, Steve, I don't trust you either." * Reevaluates his self-importance after being mistaken for Jackie Chan by four young women. * Takes up surfing at age 62--which teaches him that you can discover a new passion at any age, but younger is easier! Guy covers everything from moral values to business skills to parenting. As he writes, "I hope my stories help you live a more joyous, productive, and meaningful life. If Wise Guy succeeds at this, then that's the best story of all."
Author: Don Anthony
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
In 1982 "Don Anthony" wrote about how to be a wise guy and the boss of wise guys. Most of his teachings still hold up in today's world. There's a wealth of information about the underworld life in this short book. Moreover, Don Anthony's ironic and cynical style of telling about life as the head of an O.C. outfit makes this book both entertaining and amusing. The reader will have lots of laughs.
Author: John Francis King
Wise Guy: the story of international life coaches Guy and Funky - they change your life, you change theirs. Enjoy the journey.
Based on a True Story
Author: Fran Capo
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Almost a Wise Guy is a true story about Frankie Crooks, a down-to earth Italian kid from Greenwich Village, who is torn between two worlds...the mob and law enforcement. Both hold intrigue, because he has a brother in each trying to convince him to follow in their footsteps. Frankie sees the humor in life at the most inappropriate moments as he vacillates between a life of crime and being a law-abiding citizen. With a first person tongue-in-cheek approach, Frankie’s life unfolds as we follow him through his escapades that leave him running for his life, both from the law and the hands of his strict Italian mother. A delightful mix between Catcher in the Rye and Analyze This, this book leaves readers wanting the “bad” guy to win, while at the same time revealing what makes a criminal tick. Based on a true-story, Frankie Crooks lets you know what it’s like to be Almost a Wise Guy.
Heartwarming Stories of "Family" Life
Author: Brian M. Thomsen
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
After all that theft, racketeering, adultery, murder, and going to the mattresses, even a wiseguy needs a little pasta fazool for the soul. A hilarious self-help parody based on the exploits of Don Corleone, Anthony Soprano, and those other "made" guys. If your conscience is growing weary because you've had to off your best friend or you've recently learned exactly what was inside that envelope you were asked to deliver, take heart: Brian M. Thomsen and his associate, Don Minestrone, have got your back with more than 100 tales of redemptive goomba guidance and mobster lore. In the tradition of Chicken Soup for the Soul meets The Departed comes tales of family loyalty, mobster morals, and criminal compassion. So the next time you or someone from your clan goes to the mattresses on some trumped-up racketeering charge, we suggest you leave the gun and take the cannoli-and this book, of course.
The Life and Philosophy of Socrates
Author: M. D. Usher
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
A biography of Socrates, a philosopher and teacher in ancient Greece who held that wisdom comes from questioning ideas and values rather than simply accepting what is passed on by parents and teachers.
31 Success Secrets of King Solomon
Author: Al J. Fike
Do you believe in self-help? King Solomon did, yet, not in the way you might think.Solomon understood that the best and most effective way to help himself was NOT to trust in himself, but in Someone else much greater than he—the living God Almighty! By giving himself to the King of Kings, Solomon became the wisest man who ever lived (apart from Jesus Christ).You, too, will help yourself the most when you realize the futility of the modern “self-help” thinking of today and latch on to God's wisdom and His way of thinking. Just like opening the lid on a grand piano for the first time, God's wisdom will bring music to your soul like you've never known before.Watch how every area of your life improves once you allow the Lord God to take control of your life. You'll never look back once you “help yourself” to Him.In this unique devotional book you'll find inspirational stories and a great nuggets of truth by Al Fike based on the book of Proverbs. The writings of Solomon cover an incredible range of human experience. His teachings will help guide you on your personal, family and career journey.At the end of each daily devotional the complete New Living Translation text from a chapter of Proverbs is included.
Author: Patrick D. Murphy
Category: Father and child
A collection about the wisdom, levity and weirdness of fathers.
Bekenntnisse eines Mafia-Killers
Author: Philip Carlo
Publisher: Piper Spannungsvoll
Category: True Crime
Er führte ein schockierendes Doppelleben: Hinter dem liebevollen Familienvater Richard Kuklinski verbirgt sich einer der grausamsten Auftragsmörder der USA. In über vierzig Jahren ermordet er mehr als 200 Menschen im Auftrag der Mafia. Seine eiskalten und sadistischen Taten verleihen ihm den Namen »Ice Man«. Und das Unglaubliche: Seine Familie ahnt nichts ... Bestsellerautor Philip Carlo erzählt seine Lebensgeschichte: spannend, packend, rasant.
Author: Bob Puglisi,Vince Ciacci
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Almost A Wiseguy is the gritty life-story of Vince Ciacci, a hair stylist, with ambitions to become a made-man in the Mafia. But his alcohol and drug abuse kept that from happening. Ciacci grows up without the love and acceptance he needs from his parents and seeks that from the wrong type of people. It isn't until the birth of his daughter, his only child, that he realizes the destructive nature of his life. In an effort to stop his downward spiral, he reluctantly seeks and finds help in AA, but his road to recovery isn't an easy one, with many starts and setbacks.