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