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Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story
     

Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story

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by Steven J. Harper
 

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On a spring day in 1961, over-the-road trucker Jim Harper was en route from Mauston, Wisconsin, to his home in Minneapolis. At 70 miles per hour, with a combined 60,000 pounds of man, machine, and material, he approached a curve along the Great River Road and hit the brakes. The tractor-trailer didn't slow. Harper's brake lines had been cut.

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On a spring day in 1961, over-the-road trucker Jim Harper was en route from Mauston, Wisconsin, to his home in Minneapolis. At 70 miles per hour, with a combined 60,000 pounds of man, machine, and material, he approached a curve along the Great River Road and hit the brakes. The tractor-trailer didn't slow. Harper's brake lines had been cut.

In preceding months, Harper had led an insurgency in his Teamsters' Local 544 to clean up corruption among its leaders. His efforts drew the attention of none other than Jimmy Hoffa, at the time focused on securing his right to lead the national Teamsters organization without government intervention.

Jim Harper had his reasons for confronting his local's leadership—a hardscrabble childhood and a stint in Angola prison had left him seeking redemption, and Jimmy Hoffa had publicly called for union reform. But Hoffa, under federal investigation for questionable financial dealings, had deep, dark secrets; the last thing he needed was a spotlight on Minneapolis. Despite the increasing threats to his life and those of his young family, Harper continued to press his case.

In this fascinating account, Harper's son traces the interwoven paths of these two men—a criminal icon and a determined vigilante—from their formative years through their unbelievable face-off.

Accolades for Crossing Hoffa:

Best Books of 2007, Chicago Tribune

Best Books, 2008 New York Book Festival

"Honorable Mention" in the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival's Biography/Autobiography category.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster’s Story delves into the early lives of both Jim Harper and Jimmy Hoffa to probe why Harper might have continued the fight despite the consequences…. It’s a thoroughly researched book.”Chicago Sun Times

“The book is at its best when it relates stories passed from father to son; an ominous dinner with a nameless ‘friend’ of Hoffa’s—a mob character, we’re led to assume—at Charlie’s Café Exceptionale; a meeting with Hoffa at the Park-Nicollett Hotel; a harrowing truck ride down Hwy. 61 near Winona.”Minneapolis Star Tribune

Booklist
First-time author Harper presents a tale of mystery and intrigue that begins after his father's death, when he discovers the secret contents of a locked metal box that had never left his father's side....Although much has been written about the enigmatic Hoffa, Harper's revelations present a unique and personal perspective.

Chicago Sun Times
Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story delves into the early lives of both Jim Harper and Jimmy Hoffa to probe why Harper might have continued the fight despite the consequences.... It's a thoroughly researched book.

Minneapolis Star Tribune
The book is at its best when it relates stories passed from father to son; an ominous dinner with a nameless 'friend' of Hoffa's-a mob character, we're led to assume-at Charlie's Café Exceptionale; a meeting with Hoffa at the Park-Nicollett Hotel; a harrowing truck ride down Hwy. 61 near Winona.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873515801
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
06/15/2007
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,010,669
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are Saying About This

Scott Turow
"This wonderful book is one of a kind-part thriller, part history, and part love story of an unusual sort: of a son for his father and the very different life he led. Crossing Hoffa is gripping, tender, and intriguing-pure pleasure on every page."--(Scott Turow, award-winning author of Presumed Innocent and Limitations)
Charles Brandt
"This is riveting eyewitness history preserved for all time; a wise portrait of a courageous and quixotic father by his son; a sobering look at a trucker up against the ruthless Godfather of the labor movement at its zenith. Harper leads the reader-as he was led-from clue to fascinating clue, uncovering the mystery of why Hoffa put a hit on his father and why his father got in Hoffa's path and wouldn't back off. Bravo."--(Charles Brandt, author of I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa)

Meet the Author

Steven J. Harper has been a litigation partner in the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP for more than twenty years and has tried civil cases to judges and juries throughout the country. This is his first book.

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Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read I heard you paint houses  and read Quite Don if you want more on Hoffa
debbie60435 More than 1 year ago
I expected to learn more about Jimmy Hoffa from this book but it concentrated more on the author's father. Stories written in this book were okay but I lost interest in the book about halfway through.
morecowbellPA More than 1 year ago
This book is more about the authors father and family than Hoffa which was somewhat disapointing to me.