Vendetta

Vendetta

Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa

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Draws on newly released documents to shed a new light on the historic battle between U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa during the Senate Rackets Committee hearings and beyond from 1957 to 1964.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 972015
ISBN: 9780316738347
Branch Call Number: 973.922 NEF
Characteristics: 377 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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' Edward Grady Partin, a Louisiana Teamsters official with a long rap sheet, turned on Hoffa in 1962 to get out of jail. His testimony in 1964 in Chattanooga convicted Hoffa, capping RFK's seven year quest to put Hoffa in prison.' ' Hoffa's lawyer was William Bufalino, of Detroit.' 'Bobby called McGeorge Bundy and told him to move JFK's confidential files across the street to the national security staff offices at the Old Executive Office Building and keep them under guard...Guthman was struck that Bobby had used the word, "they"to describe who had murdered his brother...then RFK said, " I thought it would be me."...Hoffa was in a Miami restaurant when he learned that JFK had been shot and killed. He stood up on a chair , and cheered. He called his lawyer, Frank Ragano, in Tampa, Fla., and enquired, "' Have you heard the good news? They killed the son of a bitch. This means Bobby is out as attorney general. Lyndon will get rid of him.'"...It did not take long before the smothering sorrow from Jack's death would deaden Robert Kennedy. But, before that occurred, he asked his top investigator, Mr. Sheradin, to go to Dallas to see what he could find. He called Mr. Draznin about the Outfit, Chicago's branch of Organized Crime. Draznin spent the rest of 1963 chasing leads....' " ' They feel they're above the law, RFK said. ' They feel they can fix judges and juries. Mr. Hoffa has said every man has his price. This country can't survive if you have someone like him operating...All of our lives are too intricately interwoven with this union to sit passively by and allow the Teamsters under Mr. Hoffa's leadership to create such a superpower in this country---a power greater than the people and greater than the government....Unless something is done, this country is not going to be controlled by the people but is going to be controlled by Johnny Dio and Jimmy Hoffa and 'Tony Ducks' Corallo."

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StarGladiator
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].

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StarGladiator
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?

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trotter73
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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