The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within

Unknown - 1960
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Publisher: New York, Harper [1960]
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: 331.8808 Kenn
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. it'd be interesting to ask Bobby up in heaven---who do you think the worst human? a/ Hoffa, b/ Giancana, c/ LBJ, d/ Trafficante, e/ Marcello, f/ Castro ,g/ Kruschev, h/ Mao, I/ Sinatra, i/ Ruby, j/ Diem's wife, k/ Helms/ " The various garbage companies in the new york area formed an employer association. soon afterward, the underworld took control and, with the help of teamsters local 813, maneuvered to monopolize the industry." "Milton Hammergren set up the big gangsters in business: Meyer Lansky on the East Coast; Buster Wortman in St. Louis; 'Greasy Thumb' Guzik and Tony Accardo in Chicago. " RFK: ' If somebody, in the course of distributing your juke boxes, was killed, that was taken as part of the trade?' ' that is one of the liabilities of the business.'....fights, arsons, dynamitings, beatings, and deaths...profits run into millions of dollars. " " About investigations, Mooney Giancana said, ' There's going to be a lot of crime if these investigations keep up. It will be worse than Capone.' " " The expenses of the Seattle hoodlums while they were in Portland, Or., were paid with Teamsters money." "

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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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