- 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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Mobbed Up: Jackie Presser's High-Wire Life in the Teamsters, the Mafia, and the FBI Hardcover – October, 1989
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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.
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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Well written and informative. James Neff left no stones unturned in his portrayal of the low point in union history.Published 17 days ago by Lee Rorman
Very interesting look at the teamsters involvement in politics and history. Also, transportation historyPublished 1 month ago by WCF
It was a gift for my friend he's very much enjoying the book tk u for the services u offerPublished on October 27, 2013 by monica shores