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.
|Publisher:||Minnesota Historical Society Press|
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Table of Contents
The Early Years
The Sins of the Father 17
Minneapolis Launches Hoffa's Career 22
Jim Harper's Story Unfolds-And Unravels 25
Leaving Angola and Finding Mary 46
Hoffa's Supporting Players 51
A Tangled Web 56
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
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
Harper Starts Over, Again 193
Hoffa's Failures 196
Harper's Success 200
Sources and References 235
What People are Saying About This
"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)
"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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Read I heard you paint houses and read Quite Don if you want more on Hoffa
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.
This book is more about the authors father and family than Hoffa which was somewhat disapointing to me.