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Product Details

  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Moldea.com (September 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615799752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615799759
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A specialist on organized-crime investigations since 1974, best-selling author and independent investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea has published eight nonfiction books: The Hoffa Wars: Teamsters, Rebels, Politicians and the Mob (1978); The Hunting of Cain: A True Story of Money, Greed, and Fratricide (1983); Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob (1986); Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football (1989); The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy: An Investigation of Motive, Means, and Opportunity (1995); Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson (with Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter, 1997); A Washington Tragedy: How the Death of Vincent Foster Ignited a Political Firestorm (1998); and his action-packed memoir--Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer: Adventures in the Jungles of Crime, Politics, and Journalism (2013).

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A specialist on organized-crime investigations since 1974, best-selling author and independent investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea has published seven nonfiction books: The Hoffa Wars: Teamsters, Rebels, Politicians and the Mob (1978); The Hunting of Cain: A True Story of Money, Greed, and Fratricide (1983); Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob (1986); Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football (1989); The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy: An Investigation of Motive, Means, and Opportunity (1995); Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson (with Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter, 1997); and A Washington Tragedy: How the Death of Vincent Foster Ignited a Political Firestorm (1998).

Moldea's action-packed memoir--Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer: Adventures in the Jungles of Crime, Politics, and Journalism (2013)--is currently available.

See the first chapters of DEM's books at http://www.moldea.com/guerrilla.html.

He is currently at work on his ninth nonfiction book.

Since 1998, Moldea, a registered private investigator, has also worked as an independent-investigative consultant, participating in a wide variety of breathtaking and mind-blowing capers.

Specialties: True crime, focusing on organized crime and political corruption.

To book a lecture with DEM, please go to http://www.moldea.com/lectures.html. (Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau)

Moldea's website is www.moldea.com. His Twitter account is @DanMoldea. He is also on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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This book tells the "story behind the story" in a compelling way.
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One thing you'll notice right away is that Moldea thinks the truth is much sexier, far nobler and way more interesting than sensational accusations.
Cottonsox Kotsonis
And everything he has done is documented in his "aw shucks" wonderfully readable style of writing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Ognibene on October 13, 2013
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Dan Moldea is one of a kind - a fiercely independent journalist who has taken on some tough opponents. It started when he went after the Teamsters and the Mafia - pardon the redundancy - to investigate the disappearance of teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa. Working on his own, with little outside financing, he did the sort of in-depth investigating that few newspapers or magazines were willing to do in the Seventies and hardly any are doing today. In his 1978 book, The Hoffa Wars, he laid out the evidence he uncovered, describing the men who conspired to abduct and murder Hoffa. In addition to prodigious research, he had the balls to approach and interview the conspirators and record their conversations. I lost count of the number, but many of those he interviewed later became victims of Mob hits.
In his 1987 book, Ronald Reagan, MCA and the Mob, he revealed the hidden connections in Hollywood that helped advance Reagan's career as an actor, labor leader and politician.
Turning to the National Football Leagues in 1995, he exposed how the Mob had infiltrated the game. Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football should have sparked the mainstream press to dig deeply into the scandal; the reaction was largely the opposite. But when the New York Times assigned a sportswriter to review the book, and he made a number of false statements that misrepresented what Moldea had actually written and accused him of "sloppy journalism," he struck back. When the Times refused to publish Moldea's letter, which identified the untruths in the review, Moldea sued for libel. In his new book, he gives a fascinating, blow-by-blow account of the epic battle that ensued in Moldea v. New York Times.
In the early Nineties, Moldea began looking into the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert F.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Burt J. Kempner on November 23, 2013
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In this age of mainstream media stenographers, it's sometimes hard to remember that there was a time when independent investigative reporters fearlessly plied their craft. Their pursuit of truth led them to stories that powerful figures preferred go unreported, and the idea of killing the messenger was not always just a fanciful turn of phrase. Dan Moldea was and is one of the very best investigative reporters in the business and his book, Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer, is a must-have acquisition for students or lovers of journalism, true-crime addicts and those who shun the juvenile, prurient dreck that passes for news these days. Moldea covered many of the most explosive stories of the 70s to the current day: the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance, the Mob, the NFL and gambling, the murders of John and Bobby Kennedy, the D.C. madam and many more. But this is not the literary equivalent of a greatest hits album. Moldea provides an honest self-portrait, unafraid to present himself in an unflattering light. The author is a complex man -- a sometimes insecure avenging angel. If the measure of a man is the number of his enemies, Moldea had led a life well worth living. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Anderson on July 16, 2014
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This is a book you will not be able to put down. Dan Moldea is one of the best investigators in the world. And everything he has done is documented in his "aw shucks" wonderfully readable style of writing. His accomplishments are stunning, but he writes about them as if they were all par for the course. He will be in the history books for years to come. His part in saving Bill Clinton from being removed from office, for instance, will be studied by history students of the future. This is a not miss book if you want to know the real score behind what we have been reading in headlines for the last 40 years. All documented as told by the best investigative reporter of our time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kathleen parker on December 21, 2013
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The prolific Dan Moldea shares intriguing tales behind all the trials and triumphs of one of the nation's top independent investigative reporters. The author of eight finely researched and captivatingly written books exposing crime and corruption in politics, labor unions, pro sports and entertainment, Dan whisks us along on an engaging journey as he recounts his long and relentless battles to expose the facts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cottonsox Kotsonis on February 18, 2014
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This page-turner of an autobiography is a survey of the long career and big, big (did I say BIG?) investigations of investigative reporter Dan Moldea.

You've got to be careful with the term 'investigative reporter.' There are charlatans who hang that shingle and there are many more who BELIEVE their 'facts' long before they researched them --and they research them only just enough to cherry-pick a few worst-case suppositions to sew together their big accusations.

Then there are the real investigative reporters. And within that too-small club, there is this one character by the name of Dan Moldea. He belongs simultaneously in a Damon Runyon novel AND in the hallowed halls of of American journalism. only problem is, Moldea marches to his own drummer.

One thing you'll notice right away is that Moldea thinks the truth is much sexier, far nobler and way more interesting than sensational accusations. How many investigative reporters have you come across who will go in with one hypothesis (eg, Robert F. Kennedy's assassination was a conspiracy) and then completely reverses himself when the facts tell him to? Moldea is that rare breed.

This autobiography ought to be assigned in journalism schools AND in writing classes. This is a how-to manual on reporting deep and hard and with integrity.

And it's honest. When he's scared our of his wits, you know it. When he messes up, he tells you so. When he abandons his objectivity and takes sides, he's frank about it and tells you where his moral compass pointed and why. Honestly self-critical and honestly proud, where warranted.
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