The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within

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Publisher: Harper & Brothers, 1960
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: 331.88KEN/
Characteristics: 338 p. illus. 22 cm.


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Seattle was the originating point for complaints received by the new Attorney General, RFK, about the union dictatorship exercised by the leaders of the Teamsters union. He interviewed witnesses and victims of strong-arm tactics used by the then leader, Gary Beck..but Hoffa was even worse.

Jan 21, 2015

Should be required reading in high school. An excellent record of both Jack and Bobby Kennedy but esp Bobby's effort to uncover corruption among our labor unions. The book reveals very clearly why both were assassinated - they were tangling with the Mafia. In the course of the House committee investigation, guys are bribed, killed and otherwise silenced. It is unlikely the situation is any different today - all the no-show jobs portrayed in the Sopranos, the overpaid positions in which no real work is ever done. The only thing that has changed appreciably since the book was published is the amount of money involved. A mere $200,000 sounds pretty tame by today's insider trading and other graft scandals. A first-rate account of the characters and events under an investigation into corruption that changed little or nothing but probably got both of them killed.


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