Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa

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One of America's greatest investigative reporters brings to life the gripping, no-holds-barred clash of two American titans: Robert Kennedy and his nemesis Jimmy Hoffa.

From 1957 to 1964, Robert Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa channeled nearly all of their considerable powers into destroying each other. Kennedy's battle with Hoffa burst into the public consciousness with the 1957 Senate Rackets Committee hearings and intensified when his brother named him attorney general in 1961. RFK put together a "Get Hoffa" squad within the Justice Department, devoted to destroying one man. But Hoffa, with nearly unlimited Teamster funds, was not about to roll over.

Drawing upon a treasure trove of previously secret and undisclosed documents, James Neff has crafted a brilliant, heart-pounding epic of crime and punishment, a saga of venom and relentlessness and two men willing to do anything to demolish each other.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780316738347
Characteristics: 377 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Oct 09, 2016

Most interesting to notice that Hoffa disappeared shortly before the date he had been subpoenaed to testify before the Church Committee on his affiliation with the CIA [one of more than a few who either were found dead, or disappeared before their testimony date - - before the Church Committee around 1975, and later before the HSCA in the 1976-'77 period].

Nov 15, 2015

Somewhat of a good book, but then the author, a former Seattle Times reporter, stoops to shady journalism when he feebly attempts to link Jimmy Hoffa to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
A real reporter [are there any left in America?] would have researched into Harold Jameson, who is detained and questioned but a few minutes after the murder of President Kennedy, and shows up in L.A. at the same time as the assassination of Sen. Bobby Kennedy in 1968.
Too, too much of a coincidence, especially given his lengthy rap sheet with the FBI [Case no. 499 731].
A real reporter would have at least looked into Valerie Schulte's background, and all the very strange familial coincidences - - far too many such to avoid reporting upon?????
Evidently, no matter how many Pulitzers this fellow wins, he's just not a real reporter?

Sep 24, 2015

Robert Kennedy knew nothing of Jimmy Hoffa until 1956, when his investigations into organized crime as chief counsel for the U.S. Senate's investigations subcommittee revealed that one of the mob's many tendrils reached to the Teamsters union. Once Kennedy learned the extent of Hoffa's influence (not to mention his power), he became obsessed with snaring his quarry. Neff (The Wrong Man) covers the ensuing cat-and-mouse game with aplomb and panache, detailing meetings with informants, exposing double agents, and sniffing out subterfuge. He sprinkles the book with colorful language that artfully evokes Hoffa, the swaggering tough guy, and Kennedy, the laser-focused lawman eager to make his mark, without turning them into caricatures. Hoffa comes across as a smart thug with a gift for intimidation, both in person and by proxy, while Kennedy, particularly after his brother's assassination, is portrayed as a driven but exhausted runner determined to make it across the finish line. In lesser hands this could have devolved into a cheap pulp thriller, but Neff's terrific incorporation of a multitude of personalities from both sides of the courtroom results in a page-turner that adds greater nuance and depth to both men's legends.

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