GoodFellas



At The Age Of Twelve My Ambition Was To Be A Gangster To Me Being A Wiseguy Was Better Than Being President Of The United States To Be A Wiseguy Was To Own The World GoodFellas Is Henry Hill S Own Story, Telling The Fascinating And Sometimes Brutal Details Of The Day To Day Life Of A Working New York Mobster The Violence, Wild Spending Sprees, His Wife, His Mistress, His Code Of Honour From The Small Time Scamming Of His Early Years, His First Arrest At The Age Of Sixteen And Initiation Into The Dealings Of His Wiseguy Friends And Bosses, Henry Hill Tells Of The Good Times, Dodgy Dealings, Indulgences, And The Insularity Of The Mob Controlled Neighbourhoods But Things Start To Go Too Far To Save His Own Life, Hill Turns Into A Federal Witness, And The Mob Is To This Day Still Hunting Him Down For Revealing Their Involvement In Hundreds Of Crimes Including Arson, Extortion, Hijacking, The Six Million Dollar Lufthansa Heist The Most Successful Cash Robbery In US History , And MurderGoodFellas

Nicholas Pileggi is best known for writing the book Wiseguy, which he adapted into the movie Goodfellas, and for writing the book and screenplay Casino The movie versions of both were co written and directed by Martin Scorsese Pileggi also wrote the screenplay for the 1996 film City Hall He began his career as a journalist and had a profound interest in the Mafia This is where he developed his intuition to author books such as Wiseguy and Casino He is also the author of the book Blye Private Eye.

[[ BOOKS ]] ✪ GoodFellas Author Nicholas Pileggi – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • GoodFellas
  • Nicholas Pileggi
  • English
  • 03 November 2018
  • 074757863X

10 thoughts on “GoodFellas

  1. says:

    I first read this when it came out in the mid 80s I was 70 or 80 pages into it when Henry Hill first mentioned his niteclub on Queens Boulevard,The Suite At that point I realized I had worked in Henry s club as a musician in the early 1970s I remembered Henry never knew his last name standing at the end of the bar most nights watching the action and hanging out with his friends Of course at that point the book grabbed my total interest and I finished it in a few hours It s arguably the gr I first read this when it came out in the mid 80s I was 70 or 80 pages into it when Henry Hill first mentioned his niteclub on Queens Boulevard,The Suite At that point I realized I had worked in Henry s club as a musician in the early 1970s I remembered Henry never knew his last name standing at the end of the bar most nights watching the action and hanging out with his friends Of course at that point the book grabbed my total interest and I finished it in a few hours It s arguably the greatest inside the mob expose ever written

  2. says:

    Funny like I m a clown

  3. says:

    I loved it I loved it I loved it First things first, GoodFellas is my favorite movie Onetime for the people in the back not only is GoodFellas my favorite film, I m borderline obsessed So what I ll do here is try my best to not turn this into a movie review Though you probably couldn t tell the difference For those of you who may not know um, have you been living under a rock, and how did you find this book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi published in 1985 is the basis for Martin I loved it I loved it I loved it First things first, GoodFellas is my favorite movie Onetime for the people in the back not only is GoodFellas my favorite film, I m borderline obsessed So what I ll do here is try my best to not turn this into a movie review Though you probably couldn t tell the difference For those of you who may not know um, have you been living under a rock, and how did you find this book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi published in 1985 is the basis for Martin Scorsese s gangster epic, GoodFellas 1990 The book is based on the life of former New York gangster turned FBI informant Henry Hill and the events that led to the change from the former to the latter This was a wonderful read in so many ways It s the only time in my reading experience where I ve read and thoroughly enjoyed the book after seeing the movie, and believe me, I ve seen the movie countless times Scorsese the greatest filmmaker of all time masterfully brought it to life on screen as only Scorsese could It doesn t matter if you ve seen GoodFellas, you will enjoy the book nonetheless and that is A RARITY I always recommend reading the book first or the movie will mar the reading experience For all the books I ve read where I saw the movie first I always end up hating the book Every Single Time Except this one What amazed me most is how closely the movie aligns with the book, because let s be honest people, Hollywood screenwriters have butchered many a book A lot of Ray Liotta s, um, I mean Henry Hill s classic one liners and pithy monologues are straight from the book Much of the praise for the movie belongs to Pileggi like the film, Wiseguy is entertaining from start to finish It s nonstop A thriller and absolute banger right to the very end Oh how I loved it FIVE STARS See, I told you the movie and book review would sound the same

  4. says:

    For Assistant U.S Attorney McDonald and the Strike Force prosecutors Henry Hill was a bonanza He was not a mob boss or even a noncommissioned officer in the mob, but he was an earner, the kind of sidewalk mechanic who knew something about everything He could have written the handbook on street level mob operations Ever since the first day he walked into the Euclid Avenue Taxicab Company back in 1954, Henry had been fascinated by the world he had longed to join, and there was little he hadn For Assistant U.S Attorney McDonald and the Strike Force prosecutors Henry Hill was a bonanza He was not a mob boss or even a noncommissioned officer in the mob, but he was an earner, the kind of sidewalk mechanic who knew something about everything He could have written the handbook on street level mob operations Ever since the first day he walked into the Euclid Avenue Taxicab Company back in 1954, Henry had been fascinated by the world he had longed to join, and there was little he hadn t learned and even less that he had forgotten Part of me wishes that I had read this book, which directly inspired Goodfellas, without having seen or even having any knowledge of the movie There s so much about Goodfellas that seems outrageous and over the top and made up, so it was almost weird to learn that Henry Hill was a real person, and that everything he describes in his memoir actually happened Having seen the movie created this weird mental disconnect where even though I knew I was reading a memoir, it still felt kind of like a novel It also doesn t help that the narration in Goodfellas is practically lifted word for word from the text of Hill s memoir, to the point where I hope he got a screenwriter s credit for the movie So I would actually belikely to recommend this to someone who s never seen Goodfellas, who can appreciate the sheer outlandishness of this memoir Henry Hill, in collaboration with Nicholas Pileggi, wrote this book after he d been placed in witness protection after ratting out the other members of his New York mafia family so at that point, he d already burned all his bridges and had nobody left to protect and nothing much left to lose This means that he shares everything in this memoir, detailing the murders, the robberies, the drugs, the affairs, the betrayals it s all here, and it s all just on the safe side of completely unbelievable I call it a memoir, but the book is really Pileggi s he writes it as a straightforward nonfiction book, but thanks to extensive phone interviews he conducted while researching the book, there are long sections told in Hill s own words as he details his rise and fall in the mob Together, they make the perfect blend of writers Pileggi s background is crime journalism, so he knows how to interview his subject, do research, and present the facts in a way that s informative and engaging And Hill s voice is clear and distinct like I said, a lot of Henry Hill s narration in the movie is just lifted straight from the book , and best of all, he s able to articulate the appeal of the mob world while also acknowledging the ugly aspects of it This isn t The Godfather, which reinvented mafia thugs as sophisticated outlaws too smart to work within the confines of society Wiseguy is Henry Hill showing us all the ugliness that comes with the glamour, because he knows that we came to see both It wasn t that Henry was a boss And it had nothing to do with his lofty rank within a crime family or the easy viciousness with which hoods from Henry s world are identified Henry, in fact, was neither of high rank nor particularly vicious he wasn t even tough as far as the cops could determine What distinguished Henry from most of the other wiseguys who were under surveillance was the fact that he seemed to have total access to all levels of the mob world Also, the reason I initially decided to read this book was because of this great fun fact that I came across so while Nicholas Pileggi was doing research for Wiseguy, he was married to Nora Ephron Ephron would sometimes call Henry Hill late at night and chat with him because of course Hill was bored as hell in witness protection , and she eventually wrote My Blue Heaven, which was a comedy starring Steve Martin as a former mob boss who d been placed in the witness protection program I love this so much, because Martin Scorsese read Wiseguy and decided to make a movie about his rise in the mob world, while Nora Ephron spoke with Henry Hill and made a goofy comedy about a mob boss after the mob

  5. says:

    Wiseguy tells the story of the life of career criminal Henry Hill, well known in the film Goodfellas, which is based upon this book As with many books that go to films, the inner details add depth to Hill s story and give the reader a better feel for the disturbing and violent life he lead With the romanticism of film removed, the facts are told mostly from Henry and his wife at the time, Karen What I liked most about Wiseguy is the true events, rather than the detailed idealistic ficti Wiseguy tells the story of the life of career criminal Henry Hill, well known in the film Goodfellas, which is based upon this book As with many books that go to films, the inner details add depth to Hill s story and give the reader a better feel for the disturbing and violent life he lead With the romanticism of film removed, the facts are told mostly from Henry and his wife at the time, Karen What I liked most about Wiseguy is the true events, rather than the detailed idealistic fiction of alternative stories about organized crime I don t believe the book is to make the reader sympathetic with Hill instead it s telling the story of his unconventional life that s quite a miracle he survived on hindsight For fans of crime books, and for fans of Goodfellas don t let the film do all the talking This book is excellent and well worth the time Five stars

  6. says:

    Nicholas Pileggi s non fiction book, Wiseguy , is the basis for the film, GoodFellas, directed by Martin Scorsese 1990 It s the true story of Henry Hill, a member of the Lucchese organised crime family in New York Henry s heyday takes place during the 1960s and 1970s when he works under the protection of mob boss Paul Vario in the Brownsville East New York section of Brooklyn.Has there ever been a great disparity between a book and a film adaptation This is not to suggest that Wiseguy ak Nicholas Pileggi s non fiction book, Wiseguy , is the basis for the film, GoodFellas, directed by Martin Scorsese 1990 It s the true story of Henry Hill, a member of the Lucchese organised crime family in New York Henry s heyday takes place during the 1960s and 1970s when he works under the protection of mob boss Paul Vario in the Brownsville East New York section of Brooklyn.Has there ever been a great disparity between a book and a film adaptation This is not to suggest that Wiseguy aka GoodFellas is anything other than a good book, it s just that the film is a masterpiece, and so muchthan just this book brought to life on the screen GoodFellas the film is a work of art which takes the wonderful little incidental lines and vignettes in the book and frequently makes them into something magical For example, the wise guy cooking scene in the jail, or Henry Hill taking Karen on their date to the Copacabana via the back entrance, the kitchen and, finally, into a front row table that magical appears Or the post Lufthansa deaths the Layla montage in the film , or the day when a coked up Henry Hill is trailed by a helicopter soundtracked by The Rolling Stones These are somewhat matter of fact descriptions in the book but which Scorsese turns into cinematic gold.So essentially what readers get in Wiseguy aka GoodFellas is the source material for the film What struck me was how remarkably faithful the film is to the book Some of the characters are removed, some names are changed, some sections removed, some expanded, but the entire book is very familiar to anyone who has seen the film with much of the film s narration quoted verbatim from Henry Hill s own words.So, if like me, you ve seen the film multiple times, is it worth reading the book Probably not It s good but the overwhelming sense of familiarity makes it all feel very recognisable That said, if you really love the film then you will inevitably still get quite a lot out of reading the book including quite a lot of interesting detail about what the authorities did leading up to Henry Hill s arrest, and the aftermath of his entry into the Federal Witness Program.Whilst reading it, it is soon very obvious why Martin Scorsese was so attracted to this story, indeed I can almost imagine his excitement, as he works out how to structure key scenes and who to cast.By the way the legendaryAm I some kind of clown, do I amuse youscene is not in the book and, apparently, was improvised by Joe Pesci who had seen a real mobster do something similar.GoodFellas is an amazing tale, and a wonderful evocation of a bygone era but is one of those rare occasions where the film is all you really need.Needless to say, Henry and his pals are amoral scumbags, and Hill is a sociopath whose justification for his crimes is that his needs outweigh everyone else s, and he dismisses anyone who is hardworking, honest or trusting as weak and just asking to be ripped off Still, his outlaw mentality made for a a good book, and a classic film

  7. says:

    I think this could have been a very jarring book had I not seen the movie Goodfellas so many times I practically have it memorized As with the Godfather book film, Goodfellas is an extremely faithful representation of Wiseguy.As many people have pointed out previously, what sets this book apart is the outright bluntness in the delivery It wastes no time trying to water the cold, hard facts down or romanticize the lifestyle of a mafioso We re talking about people who would murder their best fr I think this could have been a very jarring book had I not seen the movie Goodfellas so many times I practically have it memorized As with the Godfather book film, Goodfellas is an extremely faithful representation of Wiseguy.As many people have pointed out previously, what sets this book apart is the outright bluntness in the delivery It wastes no time trying to water the cold, hard facts down or romanticize the lifestyle of a mafioso We re talking about people who would murder their best friends and probably not feel too guilty about it afterward It s a very chilling thought and it makes Henry s desire to want to be a part of the life absolutely mystifying.This is a well written, no nonsense book that holds the reader by the throat from start to finish

  8. says:

    Based on evidence given while going into the witness protection program, this is a gritty view of what it is actually like to be a Wise Guy or Mafia thug I was amazed repelled by the book Unlike the Godfather which made a hero out of such men touted a loyalty honor throughout the ranks, this book shows the actual setup How self interest rules their lives how little empathy they have I didn t like the book or the subject, but it was well written worth reading I just find the idea Based on evidence given while going into the witness protection program, this is a gritty view of what it is actually like to be a Wise Guy or Mafia thug I was amazed repelled by the book Unlike the Godfather which made a hero out of such men touted a loyalty honor throughout the ranks, this book shows the actual setup How self interest rules their lives how little empathy they have I didn t like the book or the subject, but it was well written worth reading I just find the idea of people leeching off society the way they do repugnant

  9. says:

    I waited for this book for a long time Watched my favorite movie Goodfellas based on this book several times So when I got the hard copy of the book, I could not resist myself finishing it at once It is As good as the movie But if someone watches the movie, the book is waste of time in my opinion The movie is a total honest representation of the book But my case is different I love to read about Mafia The book is based on the real life story of a mobster Henry Hill He used to be a m I waited for this book for a long time Watched my favorite movie Goodfellas based on this book several times So when I got the hard copy of the book, I could not resist myself finishing it at once It is As good as the movie But if someone watches the movie, the book is waste of time in my opinion The movie is a total honest representation of the book But my case is different I love to read about Mafia The book is based on the real life story of a mobster Henry Hill He used to be a member of Lucchese crime family A deeper look into a Mafia World And it s something different to know about the Mafia from someone inside the under world The experience was totally different from reading a Mafia Fiction i.e The Godfather, The Sicilian, Omerta etc When I read The Godfather, I don t know from where it came, but a strange sympathy worked for the Mafia But when I read this book, I came across to know about Mafia the real Mafia that it s totally different from what I read in those fictions It s not so sympathetic and it s quite brutal and blood thursty The money and self interest is everything in this world In this sense, I will give all the credit to Henry Hill He was so honest about his detail description.Nothing but a 5 star from me Mafia is always a core interest for my reading habit

  10. says:

    A deeper look into the story of Henry Hill and his life and involvement with the New York City Mafia from the 1950s 90s The beginning of the book is nearly exactly like its film version Goodfellas, a classic in my opinion , but if you keep going the story takes new turns not shown in the film, with additional schemes and characters I enjoyed the different perspectives, with narratives from the writer, Karen Henry s wife , FBI detectives, and mostly Henry himself If you have an interest in l A deeper look into the story of Henry Hill and his life and involvement with the New York City Mafia from the 1950s 90s The beginning of the book is nearly exactly like its film version Goodfellas, a classic in my opinion , but if you keep going the story takes new turns not shown in the film, with additional schemes and characters I enjoyed the different perspectives, with narratives from the writer, Karen Henry s wife , FBI detectives, and mostly Henry himself If you have an interest in learning about organized crime, this book is a must Hard to put down

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