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Goodfellas : Bloomsbury Film Classics - Nicholas Pileggi


Bloomsbury Film Classics


Published: 5th September 2005
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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 murder.

About the Author

Nicholas Pileggi is the author of several books on American gangsters including Casino: Love and Honour in Las Vegas and The Wiseguy Cookbook.



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Essential reading if you loved the film


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
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    Comments about Goodfellas:

    Punchy, well-written non-fiction. A must-read if you are interested in the history of organized crime. Bought this after watching the film for the umpteenth time - pleasantly surprised it was still in print. Sheds a light on events/aspects of the story that couldn't easily be elaborated upon in the film.

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    'Absolutely engrossing' New York Times

    'The best book ever written on organised crime' Cosmopolitan

    'A riveting account of organised crime as a way of life ... extraordinary' Publishers Weekly

    'This book chronicles Hill's criminal successes ... smuggling, hijacking, union racketeering, credit card fraud, robbery, bribery, drug dealing, prison, marriage, and assorted girlfriends ... faithfully portrayed' Library Journal

    ISBN: 9780747578635
    ISBN-10: 074757863X
    Series: Bloomsbury Film Classics
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 248
    Published: 5th September 2005
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.5  x 1.7
    Weight (kg): 0.211
    Edition Number: 1
    Edition Type: New edition