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wiseguy-nicholas-pileggi_v3Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, NPRCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Year Henry Hill was inducted into the Museum of the American Gangster2010Convictions secured by Henrys testimony in the 1980s50Wiseguyby the NumbersYear Goodfellas, the movie based on Wiseguy, was released1990Amount in cash and jewels stolen during the Lufthansa Airline heist, the biggest in U.S. history$5.8 millionGunsEmbody the violence of Mafia lifeDrugsRepresent the risks and downward spiral that come with a life of crimeCashSymbolizes the art of the hustle and importance of money SymbolsLoyalty vs. BetrayalLoyalty is the strictest of Mafia codes, but a wiseguy in a tight spot will not hesitate to betray his associates to save himself.Violence vs. PowerDazzled by the power of the Mafia, Hill chooses the gangster life at an early age and becomes desensitized to violence.Family vs. OutsidersLacking a strong father figure, Hill seeks acceptance in the Lucchese crime family but is perpetually an outsider.ThemesHenry Hill, Chapter 1t the age of twelve my ambition was to be a gangster.Pileggi was born in New York City to first-generation Italian American immigrants. He began his journalism career reporting on crime for the Associated Press in the 1950s. Pileggi wrote Wiseguy after being approached by Henry Hills lawyers to provide a rare look inside the world of the Mafia.NICHOLAS PILEGGIBORN 1933AuthorWiseguy tells the true story of Henry Hill, a former criminal trusted by the Mafia. As Henrys crimes become increasingly risky, he must make a choice—death or becoming a government informant. Observant and shrewd, Henry has no regrets for the crimes hes committed.He Always Wanted to Be a GangsterMAIN CHARACTERSLOVERSSPOUSESBOSSBOSSPROSECUTORGenerous but violent criminal mastermindFatherly, intimidating crime bossLoyal and volatile Mafia wifeSuffering, neglected girlfriendConfident, cocky criminal and the titular wiseguyShrewd, smart district attorneyFRIENDSEnglishOriginal Language1985Year PublishedNicholas PileggiAuthorWiseguyBiographyNonfiction

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