In Hoffa's shadow : a stepfather, a disappearance in Detroit, and my search for the truth / Jack Goldsmith.

By: Goldsmith, Jack LMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019Edition: First editionDescription: 354 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cmISBN: 9780374175658 :; 0374175659Subject(s): Hoffa, James R. (James Riddle), 1913- | Hoffa, James R. (James Riddle), 1913- -- Friends and associates | O'Brien, Charles L. (Charles Lenton) | International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America | Labor unions -- Officials and employees -- Biography | Organized crime -- United StatesGenre/Form: Biography.DDC classification: 331.88/11388324092 Summary: Publisher's description: The story of Chuckie O'Brien, Jimmy Hoffa's right-hand man.
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The untold story of Charles "Chuckie" O'Brien, Jimmy Hoffa's right-hand man and suspected killer, told by O'Brien's distinguished stepson As a young man, Jack Goldsmith revered his stepfather, longtime Jimmy Hoffa associate Chuckie O'Brien. But as he grew older and pursued a career in law and government, he came to doubt and distance himself from the man long suspected by the FBI of perpetrating Hoffa's disappearance on behalf of the mob. It was only years later, when Goldsmith was serving as assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration and questioning its misuse of surveillance and other powers, that he began to reconsider his stepfather, and to understand Hoffa's true legacy. In Hoffa's Shadow tells the moving story of how Goldsmith reunited with the stepfather he'd disowned and then set out to unravel one of the twentieth century's most persistent mysteries and Chuckie's role in it. Along the way, Goldsmith explores Hoffa's rise and fall and why the golden age of blue-collar America came to an end, while also casting new light on the century-old surveillance state, the architects of Hoffa's disappearance, and the heartrending complexities of love and loyalty.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-333) and index.

Publisher's description: The story of Chuckie O'Brien, Jimmy Hoffa's right-hand man.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 3)
  • 1 Chuckie and Me (p. 11)
  • 2 Two Loyalties (p. 42)
  • 3 Unionism, Hoffa-Style (p. 69)
  • 4 Bobby, Jimmy, and Chuckie (p. 96)
  • 5 Surveillance Backup (p. 122)
  • 6 The Condition (p. 152)
  • 7 "He Got Nuts" (p. 185)
  • 8 The Disappearance (p. 213)
  • 9 Leading Suspect (p. 227)
  • 10 Tragedy of Errors (p. 244)
  • 11 Failed Vindication (p. 263)
  • 12 Omertà (p. 287)
  • Appendix (p. 307)
  • Notes (p. 315)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 335)
  • Index (p. 339)

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Kirkus Book Review

A dramatic reexamination of Jimmy Hoffa's life and disappearance, presented by a legal scholar with a beguiling personal connection.Goldsmith (Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11, 2012, etc.), who weathered his own controversies as assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel in the George W. Bush-era Justice Department, delivers a complex narrative focusing on his stepfather, Chuckie O'Brien, Hoffa's right-hand man and eventual suspect in the gangster's 1975 disappearance. The author agonizes over his relationship with Chuckie (how he refers to him throughout), both a wonderful stepfather and mob-connected scofflaw, from whom the author estranged himself for many years as he established his legal career. Their reconciliation informs the book's structure, as Goldsmith chronicles how he urged Chuckie to relinquish the criminal code of silence. "I came to understand how much Omert ordered his life," he writes. Beyond Chuckie's mysterious revelations, the author constructs a sprawling narrative, capturing how Hoffaand an impressively rendered cast of gangsters and political figuresunwittingly oversaw labor's decline. Initially, "Hoffa succeeded because he learned to deploy violent force successfully." As Hoffa rose in the Teamster ranks, he combined strategic intelligence, personal loyalty to the rank and file of the brutal trucking industry, and an openness to the influence of organized crime. "Hoffa's lifelong indifference to the taboos associated with organized crime," writes Goldsmith, "was shaped by his early experiences fighting thugs hired by employers." Eventually, Hoffa came to embody malfeasance, especially due to Bobby Kennedy's hounding of him, first as congressman, then as attorney general. "RFK pulled out the stops to demolish Hoffa," writes the author. All these factors contributed to Hoffa's decline and disappearance, which is notoriously unsolved. Goldsmith argues that in zeroing in on the hapless Chuckie, "the FBI focused on facts that fit its theory." The author adeptly synthesizes his personal involvement with the tale of politics, mobsters, and working-class decline that Hoffa represents, though he, too, finds the mystery unsolvable.A darkly engaging account of an important, misunderstood epoch. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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