I Recommend: In Hoffa’s Shadow

by David F. Levi

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In Hoffa’s Shadow (click book cover to see the publisher’s page)

I recently finished listening to Jack Goldsmith’s recent book, In Hoffa’s Shadow. I highly recommend it. Professor Goldsmith is on the Harvard Law School faculty and is one of our top writers and thinkers on topics related to national security, international law, terrorism, internet law, and conflicts of law, among other topics. He served as the Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel from October 2003 to July 2004.  In Hoffa’s Shadow is part memoir, part investigative journalism, and part legal history. It is absorbing, even riveting, on all three of these levels. At the heart is the question of who killed Jimmy Hoffa, and whether Professor Goldsmith’s stepfather, Chuckie O’Brien, had anything to do with Hoffa’s disappearance. In the course of the book, one learns much about the labor movement, the mafia’s infiltration of the teamsters, and the determination of Robert F. Kennedy to “get” Hoffa even if that led to serious government overreaching and abuses of power. The book has a personal quality to it that is both sweet and haunting.

In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth
Book by
Jack Goldsmith
Published by MacMillan (2019)
Available on Amazon and Kindle

About David F. Levi

David F. Levi is the Levi Family Professor of Law and Judicial Studies and Director of the Bolch Judicial Institute. He served as the James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law from 2007 to 2018. He previously was Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California, with chambers in Sacramento. He has served as chair of two Judicial Conference committees by appointment of the Chief Justice. He was chair of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee (2000-2003) and chair of the Standing Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure (2003-2007); he was reappointed to serve as a member of that committee (2009-2015). In 2014, he was appointed chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, and in 2015, he was named co-chair of the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice. He also is a member of the ALI Council and was an advisor to the ALI’s Federal Judicial Code Revision and Aggregate Litigation projects.He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently serves as president of the American Law Institute (ALI).