354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"The story of Chuckie O'Brien, Jimmy Hoffa's right-hand man"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-354) and index.
Introduction -- Chuckie and me -- Two loyalties -- Unionism, Hoffa-style -- Bobby, Jimmy, and Chuckie -- Surveillance backup -- The condition -- "He got nuts" -- The disappearance -- Leading suspect -- Tragedy of errors -- Failed vindication -- Omertà.
"As a young man, Jack Goldsmith revered his stepfather, longtime Jimmy Hoffa associate Chuckie O'Brien. But as he grew older and pursued a career in law and government, he came to doubt and distance himself from the man long suspected by the FBI of perpetrating Hoffa's disappearance on behalf of the mob. It was only years later, when Goldsmith was serving as assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration and questioning its misuse of surveillance and other powers, that he began to reconsider his stepfather, and to understand Hoffa's true legacy. In [this book] tells the moving story of how Goldsmith reunited with the stepfather he'd disowned and then set out to unravel one of the twentieth century's most persistent mysteries and Chuckie's role in it. Along the way, Goldsmith explores Hoffa's rise and fall and why the golden age of blue-collar America came to an end, while also casting new light on the century-old surveillance state, the architects of Hoffa's disappearance, and the heartrending complexities of love and loyalty" -- provided by publisher.