Wiseguy Author:Nicholas Pileggi "At the age of twelve my ambition was to become a gangster. To be a wiseguy. Being a wiseguy was better than being President of the United States. To be a wiseguy was to own the world." -- Henry Hill Wiseguy is Nicholas Pileggi's remarkable bestseller, the most intimate account ever printed of life inside the deadly high-stakes world of ... more »what some people call the Mafia. Wiseguy is Henry Hill's story, in fascinating, brutal detail, the never-before-revealed day-to-day life of a working mobster -- his violence, his wild spending sprees, his wife, his mistresses, his code of honor. Henry Hill knows where a lot of bodies are buried, and he turned Federal witness to save his own life. The mob is still hunting him for what he reveals in Wiseguy: hundreds of crimes including arson, extortion, hijacking, and the $6 million Lufthansa heist, the biggest successful cash robbery in U.S. history, which led to ten murders. A firsthand account of the secret world of the mob, Wiseguy is more compelling than any novel.« less
This book would have been better if I hadn't watch GoodFellas on an (almost) daily basis for 3 years. It's exactly like the movie. I suggest this book for those who love Goodfellas and those who just love true crime and mafia books.
After reading this book I understand the movie Goodfellas ALOT better. The movie was pretty accurate. I am fascinated by the mob and this book provided me an inside look at the inner workings of the mob and the life on Henry Hill. He truly lived an amazing life and was involved in some crazy things. This book tells all. I also love how parts of this book talk about key points from the story form the points of view of Henry, Karen, and his mistress Linda. Great read!
If you have ever watched the move, Goodfellas, then you need to read this book and On the Run A Mafia Childhood. The move is based on the book Wiseguy but the books both tell the life of Henry Hill. The children go into more detail about what life was like for them. Both are good books.