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Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia: a True Story by an FBI Agent
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Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia: a True Story by an FBI Agent [Kindle Edition]

Joseph D. Pistone
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In Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone tells the story of working so deep undercover in the Mafia that the truth of his identity became blurry even for him. For six years, Pistone posed as jewel thief Donnie Brasco in order to pull off one of the most audacious sting operations ever. Because any small detail could blow his cover, Pistone adjusted his personality and habits to earn the trust of Mafia soldiers, connected guys, captains, and godfathers. He was so successful that many FBI surveillance teams assumed that he was yet another Mafia guy. This memoir paints a vivid portrait of the underworld of wise guys by revealing their code of honor, their treacherous dealings, their relationships with their wives and mistresses, and their lavish money habits. The suspense in Pistone's story builds as he unfurls his experience of life on the edge of good and evil and on the verge of death.

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Author Pistone narrates this thrilling account of his own experiences as an undercover FBI agent who successfully infiltrated the dangerous world of the Mafia. During a six-year period in the 1970s, Pistone adopted the persona of Donnie Brasco, a successful jewel thief who was looking to "get connected." He slowly and carefully ingratiated himself with the Mafiosi and was about to be initiated as a member when his assignment ended. Successfully earning the trust of many high-ranking "wise guys," he was able to expose the activities of several important families, including the Bonannos and the Colombos. Though it reads like a thriller, this work also provides listeners with much concrete information about Mafia financial and familial operations. Pistone's narration and the inclusion of excerpts from actual FBI surveillance tapes bring the events of this tale chillingly to life. Taking into account the recent release of the movie version starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp as Pistone, this excellent production is essential for public libraries with crime collections.?Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., Ohio
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1657 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340922656
  • Publisher: Signet; Tie-in edition (Feb. 1 1997)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! (UPDATE) Oct. 9 2012
By Bruiser
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had bought this to give as a Christmas gift to my grandfather. Before wrapping it, I had decided to read some pages to test it out. I had a hard time setting this book down! I was actually thinking that maybe I should just keep the book. It is a very interesting read with many tense moments. Oh and if you like vulgarity, this is the book for you.

UPDATE: I liked it so much and could not get it out of my mind. I relented and purchased another one (that I could keep).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great understanding of the mafia April 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a great read. It gave me a good understanding of the mafia and how it works.I have seen the movie and after that I had to read the book. The pressures of an undercover agent really comes through. I must of read at least half way through before I noticed how much time had gone by.Donnie Brasco is a must read. Once you get started good luck trying to put this book down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most powerful books I came across June 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story of Donnie Brasco is dramatic, courageous and at some points emotional. No one has ever done what he was able to do. He stayed in the Mafioso underworld for longer than any of his fellow agents, or "feds."
You might think you know the story simply by following the news or watching the movie (which was skewed significantly to Hollywood's liking,) but not until you read the behind-the-scenes book will you truly fathom his courage and heroism. You will read the many times his life was on the line, so much for his family being on the line.
This is not a product of Hollywood imagination. This is the story of a real life con-man working on the good side yet posing as the bad guy. What a thriller. This book will also give you the inside, the structure and lifestyle of the mafia underworld. This is one of the most powerful books I came across. (A similar book that I would recommend is Serpico.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Flip Side of "Goodfellas" March 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Joe Pistone is a real American Hero. The former F.B.I agent spent six Years deep undercover as Donnie Brasco, a jewel thief, and infiltrated the Mafia, penetrating it's upper eschalon and bringing their power structure crashing down around their heads, resulting in over 100 convictions...
Pistone, along with Richard Woodley, does a great job of bringing real-life Wiseguys like "Lefty Guns", "Sonny Black", and Tony Mirra to life on the printed page, and even though I know Pisone survived his ordeal (He obviously did- He wrote the book!), I was still constantly worried about him. Any fan of true-crime will love Donnie Brasco!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real, Genuine, True Look At The Mafia Feb. 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is valuable because it does not glorify those who engage in organized crime. Unlike the Godfather series and, to lesser extent, The Sopranos, Donnie Brasco paints these people for what they really are: criminals, hoods, bums, evil people. And, for the most part, dumber than a red brick.
A great story, enjoyable tale, terrific reading. Just don't go out and whack anybody afterward!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING April 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
the story of fbi agent joseph pistone sent undercover to infiltrate the mafia is one story you will not soon forget. he did his job so well, that there were fbi and police who thought he was mafia. he risked not only his life but partially detroyed his marrigae and relationshop with his kids die to his six year absence from their lives because he was involved in the biggest sting which eventually crippled the mob.
it is an in-depth insight to the life of the mobster, the inner workings of the family to family relationships within the mob and how the fbi conceived, attempted, and executed one big operation. i found the story complelling, intriguing and riveting. i could not put this book down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any fan of the movie! Jan. 23 2003
By Jaha
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First off I loved the movie and have seen it numerous times. It ranks with one of my al time favorites. So naturally I figured I had to read the book to see how much was different. Well I was kind of shocked because the movie and the book are very far apart. The movie has all of the real figures in it that Donnie encountered but many of the stories are scewed to fit in Hollywood. Some events didn't even happen or they happened in a different context. but this didn't hurt my opnion any in fact it made me like the book more because it was fresh. The writing is good, a bit winded, but solid and Agent Pistone recounts numerous great tales of crime and danger. What is important about the book is that it shows that Agent Pistone was in no way in conflict with himself about where he and the mob stood as the film portrayed. Pistone worked hard with the FBI and his fellow undercover agents and it is important to know that if you really want the true facts to the whole story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Family Man to Mafia Man Dec 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am not really a reader but Donnie Brasco is a book that really caught my eyes from the first page. I was stuck to it like glue. 3 hours had gone by and I did not notice it because it was so in interesting, but one fault that it has is that it takes too long to get to the point and to the action. Being that it is based on a true story in the 70's is has a realistic view.
The most interesting part to me in the beginning was the way he had to change his life from a standard F.B.I agent to Mafia man. He has to find a new place to live and take time off from his family. Also the way he has to set his mood and become someone else. He is no longer Joe Pistone (F.B.I agent) he is now Donnie Brasco (jewel thief) and he has to live of, and become, a Mafia man.
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