The definitive portrait of the powerful, corruption-ridden Teamsters union and its legendary president Jimmy Hoffa - organizer, gangster, convict, and conspirator - with a new afterword by the author.
James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa was one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in 20th-century America. His remarkable journey from young union organizer to all-powerful head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is an epic tale worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster, jam-packed with intrigue, subterfuge, violence, and corruption. His successes were monumental, his fall truly spectacular, and his bizarre disappearance in the summer of 1975 remains one of the great mysteries in American history.
Widely considered to be the definitive volume on the career and crimes of Jimmy Hoffa, The Hoffa Wars, by acclaimed investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea, is an eye-opening, extensively researched account of the steady rise and fall of an ingenious, ambitious man who was instrumental in transforming a small union of 75,000 truckers into the most powerful labor brotherhood in world. Shocking disclosures in Moldea's no-holds-barred account include the devil's bargain that put Hoffa and his union in the pockets of the Mob, Hoffa's role in the joint CIA-Mafia plots to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the deal Hoffa made with US president Richard Nixon that released the disgraced Teamster president from prison eight years early, and the truth behind Hoffa's eventual disappearance and likely murder. But perhaps the most startling revelation of all concerns the integral part Jimmy Hoffa played, in concert with underworld kingpins Carlos Marcello and Santos Trafficante, in America's most terrible 20th-century crime: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
©1978, 1993 Dan E. Moldea; This edition published in 2015 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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"Power and Corruption"
Dan E molder is an investigative journalist who has conducted extensive research on James (Jimmy) Riddle Hoffa. Molder’s biography of Hoffa is an in-depth look at the life of this interesting and controversial figure of the 20th century. Molder follows Hoffa from a young union organizer to the all powerful leader of the Teamsters Union. Hoffa’s disappearance in 1975 is one of the great mysteries.
The author shows how Hoffa put the Union into the clutches of the Mod. The author discusses the Nixon bribes, mafia connection, shakedowns during organizing and Hoffa use of the Union Pension fund to provide capital for the mob to build casinos in Los Vegas.
It was in this book “The Hoffa Wars” published in 1978 that Molder put forth the theory that Hoffa along with mobsters Carlo Marcello and Santos Trafficants arranged the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This theory has become very popular over time. The book is fairly long at a bit over 21 hours. Eric Martin narrated the book.
Freeform, labyrinthine, lacking in focus, driven aimlessly by a rambling narrative that cries out for a firm editorial hand. Little or no attempt to introduce, classify or place in context the hundreds of characters listed throughout this story.
The introduction makes much of the fact that the book was out of print or unobtainable for many years.
Having tried on three occasions to listen to this book, I now understand why.
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