Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story

Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story

by Steven J. Harper

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873517300
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 08/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 979,495
File size: 2 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents


Prologue     3
The Early Years
Flashpoint     13
The Sins of the Father     17
Minneapolis Launches Hoffa's Career     22
Jim Harper's Story Unfolds-And Unravels     25
Angola     31
Leaving Angola and Finding Mary     46
Hoffa's Supporting Players     51
A Tangled Web     56
Collision Course
Harper Joins the Teamsters     65
Hoffa's Ascent-And His Minnesota Connections     73
The Insurgency That Would Not Go Away     79
Hoffa's Biggest Minneapolis Problem     82
Hoffa Feels the Heat and Looks for Help     87
Impact
Harper Helps Hoffa-Or So He Thinks     95
Let the Games Begin     100
Nothing Worthwhile Is Easy     105
On Top of the World     109
Things Fall Apart     115
Federal Visitors     119
Hoffa's Minneapolis Travails     123
The Audit     127
Hoffa Visits Minneapolis, Again     130
Hoffa's Rules of Order     137
The Calm Between the Storms     141
Hoffa Seeks an Oval Office Ally     145
Threats and a Wire     152
Reopened WoundsStart to Bleed     156
Lug Nuts     163
A Dangerous Game     167
The Panel and the Charges     170
Another Drive Down the River Road     174
The Hearing     179
The 1961 International Convention     186
Aftermath
Harper Starts Over, Again     193
Hoffa's Failures     196
Harper's Success     200
Epilogue     203
Notes     219
Sources and References     235
Acknowledgments     239

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)

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Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster's Story 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing story of one man's passionate, diligent and courageous commitment to justice for individual members in the face of corruption and deception. Story filled with personal reflection whilst battling Teamster leadership power and greed for the benefit of the people who were supposed to be paying for the safety and security of their families with Union dues. Insightful writing with respect for Jim Harper, his fight for right and Hoffa's influences on his work. Powerful story of the time from a Minnesota perspective.
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.