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I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this memoir by Henry Hill the mob associate whose life was the source for one of my favorite mob books Wiseguy and one of my favorite mob movies Goodfellas Last year I read On the Run A Mafia Childhood by Greg and Gina Hill Henry s two children After the extreme romanticism of Goodfellas the book by Greg and Gina made me feel absolutely icky and repulsed by the very idea of Henry Hill because of what the kids went through On the Run was written a couple years after Gangsters Goodfellas so it s telling that here Henry doesn t mention his relationship with His Kids Much The Two kids much The two sitting side by side are among the most disturbing documents of my generation Hill s kids are roughly my age It s like any other case where parents utterly fail to understand what hell they re putting their kids through Only here the context is vastly weirder than their kids through Only here the context is vastly weirder than most familiesHenry Hill spends some of the time in this book talking about how bad he feels emphasizing and re emphasizing that he doesn t want to encourage anyone to become a criminal He also bellyaches with even greater freuency about how much money he blew particularly how much money he blew on drugs I know the feeling when one needs money it s easy to feel extreme remorse about the money one spent unwisely in the pastMost of the book however is spent re living and boasting about his criminal exploits and his almost incomprehensible compulsive pursuit of women and the trashy drama that wrought It s like an episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter but with a criminal who keeps getting away There s something appealing about that and its vicariously addictingDespite Hill s protestations this book glorifies not only the life but the general idea of out of control male irresponsibility I do believe on some level he feels bad about the violence He may even feel bad about some of the theft But I don t get the sense from this book that Henry really gives a damn about the pain he caused his family Maybe he does care maybe he thinks he does care but I don t see that intimate regret represented here and that s disturbing given how much Greg and Gina s later memoir affected meHill may be twelve stepping his way through the final pages but the only real redemption I find in Gangsters and Goodfellas is viewing it as part of a dysfunctional whole Henry Hill s version of his life in the Witness Protection program and beyond Anyone who remembers his drunken ittery lovable scamp persona when he used to call in to the Howard Stern Show will recognize his attempts to soft sell his exploits and paint himself the victimhero Ah Henry I miss you you old scammerOne warning I read the bargain edition of the book and the dust acket flap and Henry himself mentioned how good it was to include the pictures that couldn t be in Nicholas Pileggi s Wiseguy but there were no pictures I don t know if the bargain copy cheaped out by not including them and "the original had them it s now out "original had them it s now out print I believe or this is an editorial error In 1980 my life as a Goodfella came to an endI traded my Brioni and Armani suits for T shirts and eans I became a normal citizen In 1980 my life as a 'Goodfella' came to an endI traded my Brioni and Armani suits for T shirts and eans I became a normal citizen I became Joe Schmoe' says Henry Hill author of GANGSTERS AND GOODFELLAS and subject of WISEGUY which was the inspiration for the blockbuster film GOODFELLASAfter a uarter of a century of silence Hill can finally tell us the rest of the story Gangsters. .


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Gangsters and Goodfellas Wiseguys Witness Protection and Life on the RunT really happened ust made it that much greater henry hill has an amazing story and I m glad he got to tell it This was an entertaining memoir of former mobster Henry Hill Ray Liotta s character from the movie Goodfellas The book was lively and energetic I thought and lots of gangster euphemisms like the Forgetta bout it True to the movie Henry and his two close associates Tommy DeSimone Joe Pesci s character and Jimmy Burke portrayed by Robert De Niro were some shady and vicious criminals Their personalities where heavily felt throughout the book The book retells his life mirrored in the movie to include his early life coming up as a gangster associate to the Lucchese crime family the drugs and guns and the famous Lufthansa heist More than the movie Henry Hill goes INTO THE OTHER CRIMES MOB PERSONALITIES FIXING GAMES ROBBERIES the other crimes mob personalities fixing games robberies extortion and other underworld activities the film let out The memoir goes further into his life and his family s life after entering into the Witness Protection Program WPP He consistently admits throughout the book his substancealcohol a If you liked Wiseguy You ll like this I m a sucker for this kind of stuff The localeand there s something to be said for knowing the geography of the area where the action is taking placeof much of this book is familiar to me as are the personality types which have both a negative side and a positive side Anyway not everyone will enjoy this as much as I did and I can see from some of the reviews that from my point of view and imhothat this is not everyone s cup of tea you have to like stories about mob guys Good book to read if you were ever curious about what happened to Henry Hill after Goodfellas Not a great book ust ok "but definitely recommended to mafia fans BUT If you Are you interested in what happened "definitely recommended to mafia fans BUT If you Are you interested in what happened Henry Hill after the events of Wiseguy andor Goodfellas I was uite happy to leave the story there and consign the following events to speculation However spotting Gangsters and Goodfellas in a recent Audible sale I decided to revisit the story of Henry Hill I soon found that this is no Wiseguys but to some extent that s inevitable given its purpose documenting the aftermath of the former book s events However while life in witness protection isn t uite as exciting to read about as life in the American Mafia this book is a window into a world most of us will never know as told by an uncommonly natural storyteller Previous reviewers have pointed out that there are many hints of fascinating episodes and events that are sadly unexplored There s also an unusual amount of repetition in Gangsters and Goodfellas A certain level of scene setting is appropriate as there are probably readers who haven t read Wiseguy but halfway through the book I was still finishing many of Hill s sentencesOn a positive note the audiobook version I purchased is excellently narrated by Canadian actor William Hope More than once I mistakenly thought I was listening to Hill himself My impression is that Goodreads is uite torn on the issue of narrators acting their lines through the adoption of an accent but Hope s New York Italian made the storytelling much immersive. Rsonal collection Gangsters and Goodfellas also reveals Henry's lifelong struggle with addiction his 'business' relationships that have ranged from mob bosses to movie producers and how through everything he survived ' Its been a hell of a ourney and if I hadn't lived it myself I would never believe it I survived the mob I survived the government now I'm trying to survive Hollywo. Became Joe Schmoe says Henry Hill author of GANGSTERS AND GOODFELLAS and "subject of WISEGUY which was the inspiration for the blockbuster film GOODFELLASAfter "of WISEGUY which was the inspiration for the blockbuster film GOODFELLASAfter uarter of a century of silence Hill can finally tell us the rest of the story Gangsters and Goodfellas picks up where Wiseguy left off taking readers on the crazy ride of Henry s life hiding out in the Witness Protection Programme doing prison time for drug charges testifying in high profile heavily guarded mafia trials leaving his wife and children and eventually ending up in the entertainment businessThis is everything i wanted and eventually ending up in the entertainment businessThis is everything i wanted the full story of the events after goodfellas being a huge fan of the mafia and the movie goodfellas this was Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, just perfect Now agreed henry hill is a rat for snitching on his family and friends but i get it and this book does not hold back on details on the background story of the real life events of goodfellas and after Paulie and Jimmy where sent to prison this recounts henrys life in the witness protection his on going addiction to drugs his failed buisness attempts and him trying to tackle the world of book writing and hollywood From start to end i was enthralled i didn t want to stop listening to his storys and accounts all the details of how things really worked and went down i don t think I ll be able to watch goodfellas again without noteing what was going on behind the scenes of the scene and the movie Iust can t wait now to get on to reading wiseguy the story that inspired the movie goodfellas and was partly wrote by the real henry hill so i ust can t wait45 Stars On GoodReads 95100 GingerPoints Memoir of Goodfella s Henry Hill s life in the Witness Protection Program The book was ok but it made me angry because I read the other side of this story which was the memoir On The Run by his children Henry Hill glamorized his life other side of this story which was the memoir On The Run by his children Henry Hill glamorized his life he portrayed his children to be ust fine with the life they were thrust into This was not true as he was a horrible father and even lost his youngest child to DCF for two years due to his and his wife s alcohol and drug addiction It also made me mad at the amount of money the government wasted to protect a rat Money which Henry and his wivesgirlfriends spent on drugs and scams If you read this one take it with a grain of salt as there were three children whose lives were greatly affected by his poor choices which he seems to brag about in this book This is a great case of real life crossing over to fiction Henry Hill is the inspiration for so many of the mafia related films and movies Goodfellas may be the most obvious as it was Hill s story that got turned into script but hearing other tales of his life and early hijinks I realise now that these are ust mirrored in certain episodes of The Sopranos pretty obvious to see where they got their inspiration from To have lived a life like his if it wasn t so well documented then I probably wouldn t believe it Hearing stories such as how the Fab Four unknowingly helped Hill and his crew with a heist makes his story all the better A strong 4 from me and would recommend this to others the mafia has always interested me and to read stories of wha. And Goodfellas picks up where Wiseguy left off taking readers on the crazy ride of Henry's life hiding out in the Witness Protection Programme doing prison time for drug charges testifying in high profile heavily guarded mafia trials leaving his wife and children and eventually ending up in the entertainment business Including an exclusive selection of photographs from Henry's pe. .

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