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I'm a girl and yet shock horror I still liked it!,
This review is from: Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia (Paperback)
This ia a really good read for most of the time. It is fascinating true life story of agent Joe Pistone who infiltrated the mafia and helped bring about over 100 convictions, he was so good he was within a whisker of being made a 'made' guy, an actual mafia member. Some reviewers seem confused by this book (see below) and seem to think it's fiction stating that Donnie Brasco wouldn't have survived 2 seconds...ummm...he was undercover for 6 years, it's true story you idiot! Anyway apparently 'one for the lads' but will be enjoyed by anyone who likes reading about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. My few minor quibbles are that after a while the endless scores and neverending list of badguys names becomes confusing and a bit boring but overall the story itself is so strong that it carries it off.
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2008 00:44:31 BDT
Jonas Valente says:
Unfortunately, they are right. Since I was a teenager, I have been investigating the Mafia. At university, I followed crime studies, so I can call myself a crime semi-expert. Donnie Brasco was the most successful undercover in history. He almost got made. But you got to see, he only hanged out with the lower end of mafioso's. When you become made, you are promoted from associate to soldier. That means that there are 4 or more ranks ahead of you (more if there's an acting boss and a street boss). He only hanged around with other associates, some soldiers and his capo. That means while tremendous successful he never got even close to the top leadership of the Bonanno Crime Family.
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