The original book that gave rise to the terrific gangster movie "Goodfellas". A true story giving fascinating insights into the world of organised crime in the 60's and 70's. Based on the confession of an insider., the book doesn't leave you with much sympathy for the crooks. They lived a life of total disregard for others even for their own friends. The most depressing thing about the book is the ease with which they manage to get their own way using corruption and the threat of violence. Nevertheless it is a gripping read.