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

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