By Nicholas Pileggi
Nicholas Pileggi’s bright, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the lifetime of Henry Hill—the working-class Brooklyn child who knew from age twelve that “to be a wiseguy was once to possess the world,” who grew as much as stay the highs and lows of the mafia gangster’s life—has been hailed as “the most sensible booklet ever written on equipped crime” (Cosmopolitan).
This is the true-crime bestseller that used to be the root for Martin Scorsese’s movie masterpiece GoodFellas, which dropped at lifestyles the violence, the surplus, the households, the other halves and girlfriends, the medicine, the payoffs, the paybacks, the penal complex time, and the Feds…with Henry Hill’s crackling narration drawn immediately out of Wiseguy and overseeing the entire unforgettable action.
Read it and adventure the key existence contained in the mob—from one who’s lived it.
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The killing gave the Maﬁa a bad name. , known as Junior. He is in federal prison in Lompoc, California, for about the rest of his life. During a succession disagreement, one Vic Orena, pronounced “Vicarena,” was convicted of mayhem and sentenced to two lifetimes and one eighty-year sentence. “You name it,” the clerk said. “Put me down for the eighty years ﬁrst,” Orena said. He went to Atlanta, and his lawyers entered a motion to throw everything out and let him come home. He was certain his motion would prevail over the whole government.
He is back on the street now but is a loud target. The family named after Joe Profaci, an old-time Maﬁa boss, was shot up by an insurgency group, the Gallos, in the 1960s. The news business loved the story. Joe Colombo took over. He believed he was a legitimate citizen. He invented the Italian American Civil Rights League and ran a rally at Madison Square Garden during which his crowd shouted “Uno, uno, uno,” the old Roman cheer for Benito Mussolini. ” Colombo then ran an outdoor rally at Columbus Circle during which he was shot, later dying from his injuries.
Yet no matter how the court ultimately ruled, Lessig had no doubt that the case was a turning point for him. No longer was this aspect of his past a secret from his family. To many denizens of the Web, Lessig was now even more of an icon than he’d been before; in countless posts, he was hailed for his “heroism” and “bravery” in revealing his abuse and taking up Hardwicke’s cause. His response was perfectly in character. “[F]irst, a plea: that we drop the H-word and B-word from commentary about this,” Lessig wrote on his blog.