From Marco's list on mob stories that tell it like it is.
Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia is the autobiographical account of Joseph Pistone’s infiltration of a branch of the Colombo crime family. Pistone, an FBI Special Agent, spent six harrowing years as a member of the family, going by the name Donnie Brasco. The book was turned into the movie Donnie Brasco, starring Johnny Depp.
Unlike other books that deal with organized crime, this one is extraordinarily chilling because it is written in the words of an undercover agent, who knew that, at any given moment, his identity could have been revealed, which would have led to deadly consequences.
Why should I read it?
4 authors picked Donnie Brasco as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
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…
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