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Mobbed Up: Jackie Presser's High-Wire Life in the Teamsters, the Mafia, and the FBI Hardcover – October, 1989

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  • Hardcover: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr; 1st edition (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087113344X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871133441
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Jackie presser did an unbelieveable believeable balancing act to decieve the mob, and to throw suspension off hinself every time something linked him to a betrayal. He really seemed sincere about trying to clean up the union. Jackie also had a complex about trying to look good in his fathers eyes. The book takes you back to his child hood, where it says he was a bully and major screw up. and his father knew it. Book told of some family life, and how times were, put this all together and you get very interresting story. I live in cleveland and am very familiar with true events that took place, and find book to be very acurate.
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I must confess, I read this book to fulfill an assignment for an MBA class. I didn't expect to find it at all interesting, but it was. I had no experience with labor unions up until this point, and it was interesting to find out just who is in charge.
This book is well researched and full of factual information-- too much information for me to absorb effectively. I was expecting it ro read more like a novel than a history book, but I did find certain parts interesting nonetheless.
If you want to find out how the Teamsters rose to power and how the Mafia eventually fell out of control of the Teamsters, read this book.
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James Neff, is a great writer. At first glance this book looks like a collage textbook. But he has a ton of well researched information. The book just flows and doesnt get boring. It gives you an idea what the Mob had the power to do. And how they accomplished it. What is amazing to me is these thugs actually meet with our presidents. This book is a must read.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Neff has poured a lot of enthusiasm into the production of this authoritative look at mobster/teamster/informant Jackie Presser, an interesting man who juggled three very demanding interests with skill.

No one can question the dizzying array of facts that Neff's research turns up.

The true crime genre is often criticized for being too sensationalistic (correctly, I believe). But Neff makes an error in the other direction-- he's maintained some of the ham-handed prose, but has inserted so much information that the book reads like a Woodward and Bernstein expose.

A true student of American history might revel in the dates, locations, and other minutiae presented herein. The casual reader, however, will wish that Neff had taken a different approach. With scads of modern nonfiction writers churning out lean, tight prose that both educates and stimulates the reader, this book will be hard-pressed to justify the time it takes up (484 weighty pages).

This book will be of enormous benefit to a researcher trying to make sense of the era, but I have to steer the casual reader elsewhere.
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It is obvious that James Neff spent huge amounts of time and effort in researching and writing this book. It shows. This is a first rate book. It outlines the early days when Bill Presser was a young "organizer" in the Cleveland labor movement (forced associations that pay protection money to the "organizers"). Neff does a great job showing the evolution of Jackie from a self-centered, spoiled boy who rode on his pop's coat-tails to a self-centered union politician that could wheel-deal his opponents into a corner. Try seeing the film "Teamster Boss" with Brian Dennehy as Jackie. It is based on the book (not as good of course) but well worth seeing.
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I thought that this was a beautifully written book. The reporter compiled extensive research materials and personal interviews, etc. I knew some of these people including Jackie. I really enjoyed the read.
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I AM FROM CLEVELAND, AND I ACTUALLY KNOW ONE OF THE POLICE MENTIONED IN THIS BOOK! IT'S INTERESTING TO READ ABOUT THE PAST CLEVELAND HISTORY AND TO THINK I WAS JUST A LITTLE BABY WHEN ALL THIS WAS GOING ON!
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