Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi

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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.
 

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Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and graduated from New York University with a degree in film. Widely considered one the best filmmakers in American history, his movies include "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "After Hours," "Cape Fear," and "Gangs of New York," Nicholas Pileggi has written three screenplays that have been produced for film, two of which were directed by Martin Scorsese. Scorsese received a B.S. and M.S. from New York University. At NYU he made several award winning student films and wrote the script for his first feature film. He has directed over 20 feature and documentary films.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Lorraine Bracco (Karen Hill): I had read for him before for [the 1985 comedy] “After Hours.” Marty called me after that audition and said, “I think you’re great — I’m not going to give you this part, but I know we’re going to work together.” I hung up and said, “Yeah, he says that to every actor ...

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