Joseph D. Pistone: Donnie Brasco – Unfinished Business (book review)

Unfinished Business is the follow up book to Donnie Brasco which came out 20 years prior to this book. If you read my review of the original Donnie Brasco, then you’ll have an idea of what it is about, and if you havent read it, well youre missing out on a classic book.

In the original Donnie Brasco, Pistone writes about his undercover operation of 6 years from 1975 to 1981. While some information is somewhat repeated in this book, it is only for the purpose of the readers (who havent read the first book) to understand a little bit of the back story.

All of what Pistone couldnt talk about in the first book, due to the on going investigations and indictments, are discussed in this book. Pistone talks highly of all the actors in the movie Donnie Brasco and how well he was treated, however those compliments come off as a bit of a kiss ass because he is on set with some high profile actors like Johnny Depp and Al Pacino.

Pistone does a really good job at filling in the gaps of what happened at the end of his first book. In fact i recommend you read the first book before getting into this one because you will have a much better understanding of things.

Just because the Donnie Brasco operation was over, it didnt mean Pistone could stop working. In fact he was even more busy because he had to travel all over the country and world to provide his testimony as a witness in all the cases. He discusses quitting the FBI and eventually coming back to work again as an undercover in other countries.

Very well written book and i highly recommend you read both in order. Lots of insight stuff into the way of the wiseguys.


Publisher: Running Press
Release Date: January 2, 2007
# of Pages: 336


2 thoughts on “Joseph D. Pistone: Donnie Brasco – Unfinished Business (book review)

  1. I remember reading the first one and being bowled over by Pistone’s sacrifices and achievements. The film didn’t come close to conveying that, in fact it didn’t even accurately convey Mafia culture or any sense Italian American identity. Perhaps because the director was British it failed in this regard, they should have gone with a Scorsese or Coppola.

    My only gripe was by the end of the book I was beginning to tire of Pistone. It seemed some of the Mafia Made Man stuff was beginning to go to his head, which is ironic given his origianl mission.

    • I agree, the movie was not accurate to the book. I watched it right after i finished reading the book, but i thought it wasnt even close to as good with the book. And i also think in Unfinished Business toward the end stuff was going over his head. You couldnt have said better 😉

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