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. “Nonstop...absolutely engrossing” (The New York Times Book Review). Read it and experience the secret life inside the mob—from one who’s lived it.
My Favorite Recipes From My Life as a Goodfella to Cooking on the Run
Author: Henry Hill
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....
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.
All 112 Films That Robinson, Cagney and Bogart Made for the Studio
Author: Scott Allen Nollen
Category: Performing Arts
As three of the most prominent actors of the early studio system, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, and Humphrey Bogart played an unparalleled role in the rise of the Warner Brothers Studio. These “Warners Wiseguys” are now virtually synonymous with the studio’s era of gritty gangster films. This study of their interwoven studio-contract careers highlights the similarities of their personalities and their struggles with harsh typecasting. It details and comments critically on each of their combined 112 Warners films. Complete with commentary from the author and other film buffs. An appendix provides a filmographic guide to the films discussed, including lists of primary actors, release dates, directorial credits, and running times for each film.
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.
Jim Richards' dream of building a shelter for the homeless of Las Vegas has come true. The shelter is finally open and operating well, but Buck and Mac find something that may mar the good intentions. They find a murdered man in one of the rooms. Deacon comes in to investigate and Jim discovers the victim is a cousin of one of his friends. Why was the man murdered and what did the warning that was left mean. The mob is suddenly everywhere as a search for one man starts rolling and more bodies are found. Will the mob get involved or just wait patiently for Jim and Deacon to solve the mystery before they do something rash. Angelo and Jim visit an old school Mob boss who may be the key and find more than they planned. More wiseguys enter into the picture confusing the issue and finally the case comes to a head, but at what expense when Deacon is shot.
You think you've got problems? You could be Michael Bonello, a nice guy who dropped out of law school only to be inducted against is will into the neighborhood mob. Michael really isn't very good at the whole wiseguy thing--you can't be a proper hit man when your mother insists upon setting a curfew and hiding your bullets. You could be Lisa Johnson, a wholesome midwestern girl adrift in New York City, who gets mixed up with would-be mobster Michael and his Mafia entourage. Worse, you could accidentally shoot a marked man and set off a madcap chain of events that throws you into car chases, embroils you in assassination attempts, and gets you kidnapped by a gangster who wants to introduce you to his mother. Your social life could be a big hit, in more ways than one. In this high-spiritied and witty first novel, C. Clark Criscuolo wins hearts with a tale of disorganized crime. Take When Harry Met Sally, add a heaping helping of The Godfather, and the result is a wickedly funny, charming, and ever-so-slightly sinister romp through the high life and the low life of New York--where love is murder and the Mafia is the matchmaker.
From Cop to Wiseguy to FBI Informant: Big Ron Previte and the Fall of the American Mob
Author: George Anastasia
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: True Crime
Offers a portrait of FBI confidential informant Ron Previte, detailing his journey from corrupt cop and wiseguy to informant, his role in the Philadelphia-South Jersey mob, and the clash that led to the fall of the region's mob bosses.