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on May 4, 2008
The Introduction for "The Hoffa Wars" was Jonathan Kwitney's memory of a search for Jimmy Hoffa at a remote lodge that Hoffa owned a part of. This occured two days after the disappearance and the author participated in the search in Eagle River,WI. It was an entertaining Intro.

Dan Moldea's book was first published in 1978 amid harsh criticism for his suggestion that the trio of Santos Trafficante,Carlos Marcello,and Jimmy Hoffa were responsible for the JFK assassination. In the years since then, that theory has become arguably the most popularly held theory.

The main topic of "The Hoffa Wars" is Jimmy Hoffa himself and the history of the Teamsters Union. A lot of corruption is detailed and Mr. Moldea makes it clear that he is no fan of Hoffa.

This book covers a lot of territory; from Hoffa's early years with the local union to his eventual disappearance.
The violence among rivals and the circumstances leading to mafia control of some unions is highlighted.

The Nixon bribes, mafia connections, shakedowns during union "organizing" are all discussed in this book.

After reading many books about the JFK assassination, This book is impressive and the author has really done his research.

As far as Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance is concerned....the information that Mr. Moldea provides in this book was confirmed by Frank Sheeran in the book "I Heard You Paint Houses."

The only caveat with this edition is the very small print.
Despite the volume of the book, it's an easy read with no fluff. I recommend "The Hoffa Wars".
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on August 27, 2015
This was a well researched book that was very informative.If you pitied this man when he disappeared you may change your mind after reading this well written book.My sympathies go out to the union members who were victimized by these actions that went on way too long without interference from law enforcement.Good job by the author here.
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on March 23, 2015
Bought this to top-up on the information that I received in "They Tell Me you Paint Houses," Frank Sheeran, "The Irishman's" biography and confession to the Hoffa Killing, not to mention Crazy Joe Gallo and other civilian gangland executions.He also mentioned that he murdered some German POW.s in Italy during WWII where he spent nearly a year at the Front, under fire, when the norm was about thirty days. It was perfect finishing school for his future career with the Teamsters. It was Hoffa who asked the question above when Sheeran was recommended to him as a possible Teamsters enforcer by Russell Buffalino, Capo of the Buffalo area Cosa Nostra. He already knew Sheeran and was impressed with his huge size, demeanour and ability to keep his trap shut. Sheeran had also picked-up some Italian in Italy during the war which endeared him to Buffalino and the Gumbas. Sheeran's reply to Hoffa was: " Yeah, and I also do a bit of carpentry work on the side." This meaning that he could take care of the disposal of the victims if required. Hoffa hired him. Sheeran went on the rise to head one of the Teamsters Locals and also unmade man with the Good Fellas at the highest level. I bought the Moldea book to better understand the Union side of Sheeran's business. If you want to do the same you wont be disappointed. The violence is mind blowing. No Teamster Local was without a Mafia boss or somebody related, or, associated to one. Dissent was sorted-out with base ball bats, golf clubs, guns and dynamite and this over a 40 year period. Riding on top of all this was Hoffa who became the provider of investment capital to the Mob filched from the Teamster's Pension Funds and used to provide capital to the Mob for investment in Las Vegas casinos, among other things. There is further evidence here that the Mafia, Hoffa and company were involved in the Kennedy Assassination, which Sheeran mentioned in his book. All very believable as Robert Kennedy was about get Hoffa and by association Mafia figures like Carlos Marcello and Santo Traficante. Kennedy had to go. Once Johnston was in the White House the investigations dropped enormously and although Hoffa was eventually jailed for 13 years for jury tampering, he was pardoned by the Nixon administration after the payment of bribes to the Nixon war chest. The Union was rotten to the core as was the Nixon Administration, as we all know. But for Watergate, God knows where Nixon would have dragged America. Read this if you are interested in American labour history, the corruption within the Nixon Administration and the long shadow the MOB cast into every business and political party in America.
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on March 6, 2016
Analyzes the "blood feud" between Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa and Robert Kennedy. Like Roy Cohn and Lyndon Johnson, Hoffa hated JFK and RFK, and would do anything to see the Kennedy oligarchy eliminated. His body has never been located after his mysterious mob-related disappearance.
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on July 5, 2015
Dan is wrong about Hoffa and the JFK murder, but other than that this is a classic. Amazing how well it holds up. That figures when you do prodigious research.
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on January 30, 2016
Lots of interesting facts and information. However, these are not presented in an orderly, cohesive manner.
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on February 16, 2016
A well documented book that tells how Hoffa went down. Historically accurate and answers many questions.
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on February 4, 2016
Very enjoyable book, what a story!
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on July 1, 2016
Excellent book written by Moldea.
I have used this book for information on one of my core classes, Forensic science. I received an A based on information from this book as a source.
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on October 26, 2015
Great book
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