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Author: Nicholas Pileggi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408828553

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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'At the age of twelve my ambition was to be a gangster. To me being a wiseguy was better than being president of the United States. To be a wiseguy was to own the world.' GoodFellas is Henry Hill's own story, telling the fascinating and sometimes brutal details of the day-to-day life of a working New York mobster - the violence, wild spending sprees, his wife, his mistress, his code of honour. From the small-time scamming of his early years, his first arrest at the age of sixteen and initiation into the dealings of his wiseguy friends and bosses, Henry Hill tells of the good times, dodgy dealings, indulgences, and the insularity of the mob-controlled neighbourhoods. But things start to go too far. To save his own life, Hill turns into a Federal witness, and the mob is to this day still hunting him down for revealing their involvement in hundreds of crimes including arson, extortion, hijacking, the six-million dollar Lufthansa heist (the most successful cash robbery in US history), and murder.


Author: Nicholas Pileggi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671723227

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

View: 3285

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

Way Of The Wiseguy

Author: Joe Pistone

Publisher: Running Press Adult

ISBN: 9780762423842

Category: True Crime

Page: 224

View: 5713

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.

Wise Guy

The Life and Philosophy of Socrates

Author: M. D. Usher

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 9780374312497

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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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.


The 25th Anniversary Edition

Author: Nicholas Pileggi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451642784

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

View: 5631

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.

The Wise Guy Cookbook

My Favorite Recipes From My Life as a Goodfella to Cooking on the Run

Author: Henry Hill,Priscilla Davis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440674334

Category: Cooking

Page: 352

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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....

The Sinatra Club

My Life Inside the New York Mafia

Author: Sal Polisi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451642911

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 8693

The Mob was the biggest, richest business in America—too dangerous and too deadly to fail. Until it was destroyed from within by drugs, greed, and the decline of its traditional crime Family values. And by guys like Sal Polisi. He was born in Brooklyn—the same place that spawned Murder, Inc., Al Capone, and John Gotti, the future Mob godfather who became his friend. Polisi was raised on a family legacy that led him into the life he loved as a member of the Colombos, one of the New York Mob’s feared Five Families, and came of age when the Mafia was at the height of its vast wealth and power. Known by his Mob name, Sally Ubatz (“Crazy Sally”), he ran an illegal after-hours gambling den, The Sinatra Club, that was a magic kingdom of crime and a hangout for up-and-coming mobsters like Gotti and the three wiseguys immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas—Henry Hill, Jimmy Burke, and Tommy DeSimone. For Polisi, the nonstop thrills of glory days spent robbing banks, hijacking trucks, pulling daring heists—and getting away with it all, thanks to cops and public servants corrupted by Mob money—were fleeting. When he was busted for drug trafficking, and already sickened by the bloodbath that engulfed the Mob as it teetered toward extinction, he flipped and became one of a breed he had loathed all his life—a rat. In this riveting, pulse-pounding, and, at times, darkly hilarious first-person chronicle of his brazen crimes, wild sexual escapades, and personal tragedies, Polisi tells his story of life inside the New York Mob in a voice straight from the streets. With shocking candor, he draws on a hard-won knowledge of Mob history to paint a neverbefore- seen picture of the inner workings of the Mob and the larger-than-life characters who populated a once extensive and secret underworld that, thanks to guys like him, no longer exists. *** I was always a street guy. I was into robbing and stealing and gambling and loan sharking. I wasn’t involved in the bigmoney sit-downs, the labor racketeering and construction company shakedowns, the Garment District and garbage and cement company kickbacks. . . . For guys like me and Fox, my blood brother and crime partner, the thing we loved about being in that life was the action, the excitement. . . .We were in it for the money, sure. But it was the danger, the thrills that made the life of crime something special. A guy like John Gotti was different. He was far more ambitious than me and Fox. He wasn’t just in it for the rush and the riches. He wanted the power and the glory. John Gotti’s tragedy, if you can call it that, was that he was born too late for the old-school gangster crown that he craved. He began his rise as the Mob was beginning to crumble; by the time he got to the top, the bottom had dropped out. From the beginning, John was charismatic and smart. He just wasn’t cut out to be godfather. Once he became boss, he drove the bus right off the bridge. Or maybe it was the bus that drove him. Either way, I watched him go. Here’s how it all happened.

Almost a Wiseguy

Author: Bob Puglisi,Vince Ciacci

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781497377004

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 164

View: 9853

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.

Jack Parker's Wiseguys

The National Champion BU Terriers, the Blizzard of '78, and the Miracle on Ice

Author: Tim Rappleye

Publisher: University Press of New England

ISBN: 1512601659

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 248

View: 9130

Over the winter of 1977-78, anyone within shouting distance of a two-mile stretch of Boston's Commonwealth Avenue - from Fenway Park to the trolley curve at Packard's Corner - found themselves pulled into the orbit of college hockey. The hottest ticket in a sports-mad city was Boston University's Terriers, a team so tough it was said they didn't have fans - they took hostages. Eschewing the usual recruiting pools in Canada, Jack Parker and his coaching staff assembled a squad that included three stars from nearby Charlestown, then known as the "armed robbery capital of America." Jack Parker's Wiseguys is the story of a high-flying, headline-dominating, national championship squad led by three future stars of the Miracle on Ice, the medal-round game the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team won against the heavily favored Soviet Union. Now retired, Parker is a thoughtful statesman for the sport, a revered figure who held the longest tenure of any coach in Boston sports history. But during the 1977-78 season, he was just five years into his reign - and only a decade or so older than his players. Fiery, mercurial, as tough as any of his tough guys, Parker and his team were to face the pressure-cooker expectations of four previous also-ran seasons, further heightened by barroom brawls, off-the-ice shenanigans, and the citywide shutdown caused by one of the biggest blizzards to ever hit the Northeast. This season was to be Parker's watershed, a roller-coaster ride of nail-biting victories and unimaginable tragedy, played out in increasingly strident headlines as his team opened the season with an unprecedented twenty-one straight wins. Only the second loss of the year eliminated the Terriers from their league playoffs and possibly from national contention; hours after the game Parker's wife died from cancer. The story of how the team responded - coming back to win the national championship a week after Parker buried his wife - makes a compelling tale for Boston sports fans and everyone else who feels a thrill of pride at America's unlikely win over the Soviet national team - a victory forged on Commonwealth Avenue in that bitter, beautiful winter of '78.

Some Kind of Wise Guy

Stories about Parents, Weddings, Modern Living, and Growing Up Italian

Author: Bill Ervolino

Publisher: Specialty Publications Division North Jersey

ISBN: 9780965473323

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 190

View: 9181

Wise Guy

31 Success Secrets of King Solomon

Author: Al J. Fike

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781492277415

Category: Religion

Page: 202

View: 7891

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.

Wised Up

Author: Charlie Wilhelm,Joan Jacobson

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 9780786016228

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 345

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Baltimore mobster Charlie Wilhelm reveals in his own words the details of hiswild life in crime and his desperate struggle for redemption.of shocking photos. Original.

Bones on the Beach

Mafia, Murder, and the True Story of an Undercover Cop Who Went Under the Covers with a Wiseguy

Author: Peter Davidson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101188081

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

View: 6675

The true story of an undercover cop who went under the covers with a wiseguy. She was a married organized crime detective. He was the Mafia wiseguy she was trailing. Their affair would shake the very foundation of Miami's criminal underworld-and end in murder.

Wise Guy, Solomon

Author: Ephraim Kishon

Publisher: N.A


Category: Israeli wit and humor

Page: 292

View: 5510

The Insider

Author: Donald Goddard

Publisher: Gallery Books

ISBN: 9781476792064

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 9521

The harrowing true story of Billy Breen, the FBI's most successful undercover operative--a tale that reads like a thriller (Dallas Morning News), but is even more incredible because it's true. A rare insider's view of the war against organized crime and drug dealing.--Boston Sunday Herald.

The Complete Wise Guy

Author: Don Anthony

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1387288660

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 1566

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.

The Last Gangster

From Cop to Wiseguy to FBI Informant: Big Ron Previte and the Fall of the American Mob

Author: George Anastasia

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780060544225

Category: True Crime

Page: 305

View: 9984

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.


Love and Honor in Las Vegas

Author: Nicholas Pileggi

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504041623

Category: True Crime

Page: 432

View: 5423

The true story behind the Martin Scorsese film: A “riveting . . . account of how organized crime looted the casinos they controlled” (Kirkus Reviews). Focusing on Chicago bookie Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and his partner, Anthony Spilotro, and drawing on extensive, in-depth interviews, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Mafia classic Wiseguy—basis for the film Goodfellas—Nicholas Pileggi reveals how the pair worked together to oversee Las Vegas casino operations for the mob. He unearths how Teamster pension funds were used to take control of the Stardust and Tropicana and how Spilotro simultaneously ran a crew of jewel thieves nicknamed the “Hole in the Wall Gang.” For years, these gangsters kept a stranglehold on Sin City’s brightly lit nightspots, skimming millions in cash for their bosses. But the elaborate scheme began to crumble when Rosenthal’s disproportionate ambitions drove him to make mistakes. Spilotro made an error of his own, falling for his partner’s wife, a troubled showgirl named Geri. It would all lead to betrayal, a wide-ranging FBI investigation, multiple convictions, and the end of the Mafia’s longstanding grip on the multibillion-dollar gaming oasis in the midst of the Nevada desert. Casino is a journey into 1970s Las Vegas and a riveting nonfiction account of the world portrayed in the Martin Scorsese film of the same name, starring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone. A story of adultery, murder, infighting, and revenge, this “fascinating true-crime Mob history” is a high-stakes page-turner (Booklist).

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