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Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia

Pistone, Joseph D., Woodley, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0340666374 / ISBN 13: 9780340666371
Published by Coronet Books
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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An account by FBI Special Agent Pistone who, posing as jewel thief Donnie Brasco, penetrated to the heart of "The Mob" and for 6 years posed as an accomplice in order to expose members of the Mafia. When the operation ended, his testimony was used to convict over 100 members. Num Pages: 416 pages. BIC Classification: 1KBB; BG; JKVM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 175 x 111 x 25. Weight in Grams: 216. Some minor shelf wear but remains good. 1999. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KEC0012724

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Title: Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the ...

Publisher: Coronet Books

Binding: Soft cover

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In 1978, the US government waged a war against organised crime. One man was left behind the lines. From 1976 until 1981, Special Agent Pistone lived undercover with the Mafia. Only able to visit his young family once every few months, Pistone - under the alias Donnie Brasco - ate, drank, partied, worked and sometimes killed with the wiseguys. He got so close that his Mafia partner, Lefty Ruggiero, asked him to officiate as best man at his wedding. Pistone's eventual testimony, in such spectacular prosecutions as 'the Pizza Connection' and 'the Mafia Commission' resulted in more than 200 indictments and 100 convictions of members of organised crime.

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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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