Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi


By Nicholas Pileggi

  • Release Date: 2011-09-27
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 322 Ratings
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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.


  • Great!

    Read it over the course of 4 days. Excellent book, better than the movie!
  • Wiseguys

    By Frankie Fach
    I really like this book, even more so then the movie. The history, the in's and outs of the lifestyle. The last man standing you do what you have to do ...!! Awesome read

    By 1554
    It has a good flow to the story. It presents the true downside to a story of a wiseguy.
  • Good book

    By All Schafer Shole
    Loved the Goodfellas movie and had to read the book. The book is far better because you get the whole story and the little bits of information that would make the movie far to long to watch. Good read and good information on the rest of the story
  • Outstanding

    By That nukka
    What a phenomenal book! A must read book if you have seem the movie Goodfellas!
  • Great read at a great price

    By Zachary Burkons
    Hill in the end sold out, but he did what he had to do.
  • A classic

    By pianoArmen
    One of my favorite books. Also, if you like this one, you should also read 'gangsters & goodfellas'. It's another Henry hill auto biography that fills in the gaps & talks about what happens after this book leaves off. Both good reads. RIP Henry Hill, 1943-2012
  • Page turner

    By Steve424
    Great book. I could not put it down.
  • Awesome!!!

    By Rlogue
    Good book
  • A book you truly won't be able to put down

    By Pop culture nerd
    In his foreword, "Goodfellas" Director Martin Scorsese writes, succinctly I might add, that you won't be able to put it down and he's right. I started it yesterday afternoon and finished it less than 24 hours later, only putting it down a total of maybe two three times to see a movie with a friend and eat & sleep. It is arguably the most gripping non-fiction account I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I've seen the movie several times and still love it, but without this book, it would never have been made. And as with most film adaptations, there's so much more juicy, factual material to enjoy that couldn't possibly be squeezed into a two-and-a-half hour movie. I knew I it wouldn't be necessary to download a sample before buying it.