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Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story
     

Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story

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by Steven 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.In preceding months, 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.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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873517300
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
06/15/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
405,967
File size:
2 MB

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.