Joseph D. Pistone: Donnie Brasco (book review)

Before i get into thjs review, let me just say that i have never seen the movie. But now that i finished the book i will watch the movie sometime soon to see how close the movie is to the book.

Joe Pistone was an FBI agent who went undercover to infiltrate the mob in New York. He would stay undercover for 6 years from the mid 70s to early 80s. As you can expect this book is full of insights into the mafia and how they worked back in those days. Joe Pistone along with his co writer provide a very easy to read book which will keep you hooked from beginning to end, you will not want to put this book down!

Mr. Pistone will provide you with such incredible details that it makes you feel you are right there with him through it all. Pistone starrts at the bottom and he works his way up the ladder in the mob. Making phony deals with other undercover agents passing as his connections in other states.

Technology back in the 70s was not what it is today, so a few of the times when “Donnie Brasco” wore a wire many of the conversations would be ruined because of faulty equipment, or just simply because the “wise guys” would do things to avoid being caught on tape admitting or discussing their business. Also if Joe Pistone got caught, it would almost certainly mean death for him.

Throughtout the book, there are a few times were the whole operation couldve been destroyed, and it all came down to the actual police department “stepping in” their business.

This is such a deep book, that it should be a must read for everybody who is into this genre, or works as an undercover officer, or simply in the law enforcement field.

At the end of the book there are a couple of pages with all the guys involved in this operation. A lot of them died, and a lot of them got many years in prison. Now go find a copy of this book, and i guarantee you, you will enjoy it as much as i did!


Publisher: New American Library
Release Date: January 29, 1988
# of Pages: 373

3 thoughts on “Joseph D. Pistone: Donnie Brasco (book review)

  1. I’ve never read the book, but HAVE seen the movie. It is well worth watching. 🙂 Enjoy it, when you do. I was quality through and through—well acted, and well directed.

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