Joseph Dominick Pistone born September 17, , also known by his undercover alias Donnie Brasco , is an American former FBI agent who worked undercover between September and July , [nb 1] as part of an infiltration primarily into the Bonanno crime family , and to a lesser extent the Colombo crime family , two of the Five Families of the Mafia in New York City. The evidence collected by Pistone led to over indictments and over convictions of Mafia members—and some responsible for his infiltration were also killed by other mobsters. Pistone was a pioneer in long-term undercover work. The FBI's former director, J. Edgar Hoover , who died in , did not want FBI agents to work undercover because of the danger of agents becoming corrupted;  Pistone's work later helped convince the FBI that using undercover agents in lieu of relying exclusively on informants was a crucial tool in law enforcement.
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A tough and refreshingly unsentimental overview of what is essentially the end of the American Mafia. The man who went undercover as Donnie Brasco acts as tour guide to the downfall of the New York Mafia: a long-coming event he was instrumental in bringing about. The going will be a bit rough at first for those unfamiliar with Donnie Brasco ; readers may find themselves lost in details was that the Lucchese or Bonanno family?
Is that Sonny Red or Sonny Black? But Pistone proves to be a smart and pugnacious writer, unafraid to repeat himself where necessary, and none too worried about offending targets of ridicule; the latter category includes clueless FBI supervisors, a Mafia composed of bumbling and sadistic sociopaths and the Godfather -loving clueless who romanticize them.
An epilogue lists the Mafiosi Pistone associated with while undercover and who have since been whacked, many because of their association with him—there are 15 names. Occasionally wonky but overall a good case for how the dismal science can make the world less—well, dismal. Economics can be put to use in figuring out these big-issue questions. Data can be adduced, for example, to answer the question of whether immigration tends to suppress wages. Not an easy read but an essential one.
Title notwithstanding, this latest from the National Book Award—winning author is no guidebook to getting woke. Already have an account? Log in. Trouble signing in? Retrieve credentials. Sign Up. Pub Date: Feb. Page Count: Publisher: Running Press. No Comments Yet. Pub Date: Nov. Page Count: Publisher: PublicAffairs. Review Posted Online: Aug. More About This Book. Kirkus Reviews' Best Books Of New York Times Bestseller. IndieBound Bestseller.
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DONNIE BRASCO: UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business
A very interesting read. Not as good as the first book. A bit choppy and jumped around time-line wise. And you can definitely tell his dislike for celebrities and stuff in certain ways James Caan in The man who went undercover as Donnie Brasco acts as tour guide to the downfall of the New York Mafia: a long-coming event he was instrumental in bringing about. To hear former FBI agent Pistone Joe Pistone.
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