By Joseph D. Pistone
Posing as jewel thief "Donnie Brasco," FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone performed the main audacious sting operation ever, operating undercover for 6 years to infiltrate the fancy neighborhood of mafia squaddies, "connected guys," captains, and godfathers.
Now his unforgettable eyewitness account brings to pulsating existence the complete global of wiseguys—their code of honor and their treachery, their better halves, girlfriends and whores, their lavish spending and soiled dealings.
With the drama and suspense of a high-tension mystery, Joseph Pistone finds each excellent element of the jealously guarded global he penetrated...and attracts a chilling photograph of what the mafia is, does, and potential in the US today.
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Additional resources for Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia
My grandparents came from Italy. I was born in Pennsylvania. I grew up there and then in New Jersey. My father worked in a silk mill and at the same time ran a couple of bars. He retired when he was sixty-two. I have a younger brother and sister. In high school I played football and basketball, mostly basketball, guard and forward. I was only six feet tall but a leaper, good enough to be second-team AllState. I went to a military school for a year to play more basketball, then went to college on a basketball scholarship.
I talked her into at least moving out of the lousy neighborhood into a better, safer area. She didn’t have anything for a decent apartment. I asked my wife if we could give her some of our old pots and pans for her apartment. “I’m not giving my pots and pans to any Brown Sugar,” my wife said. We didn’t have much, either, in those early days of my career, trying to support a family with three kids. With my partner I did a lot of work in cooperation with the Jacksonville Police Department vice squad.
I am proud of the fact that I was the same Joe Pistone when I came out as I was before I went undercover. Six years inside the Mafia hadn’t changed me. My personality hadn’t changed. My values hadn’t changed. I wasn’t messed up mentally or physically. I still didn’t drink. I still kept my body in shape. I had the same wife, the same good marriage, the same good kids. I hadn’t had difficulty giving up the Donnie Brasco role. I was not confused about who I was. My pride was that whatever my personality was, whatever my strengths and weaknesses, I was Joe Pistone when I went under, and I was the same Joe Pistone when I came out.