In Hoffa's shadow : a stepfather, a disappearance in Detroit, and my search for the truth / Jack Goldsmith.
- First edition.
- New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
- 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 States.
- "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 [this book] 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" -- provided by publisher.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-354) and index.
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