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review Gangsters and Goodfellas Wiseguys Witness Protection and Life on the Run 103 ¸ In 1980 my life as a 'Goodfella' came to an endI traded my Brioni and Armani suits for T shirts and jeans I became a normal citizen I became Joe Schmoe' says Henry Hill author of GANGSTERS AND GOODFELLAS and subject of WISERsonal 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 journey 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. the mafia has always interested me and to read stories of what really happened just made it that much greater henry hill has an amazing story and I'm glad he got to tell it

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In 1980 my life as a 'Goodfella' came to an endI traded my Brioni and Armani suits for T shirts and jeans 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. 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 books 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 with 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

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Gangsters and Goodfellas Wiseguys Witness Protection and Life on the RunAnd 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. 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