Category: Crime & Criminals
Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa
by: Little, Brown and Company
Product rating: 4.1 with 15 reviews
One of America’s greatest investigative reporters brings to life the gripping, no-holds-barred clash of two American titans: Robert Kennedy and his nemesis Jimmy Hoffa.
From 1957 to 1964, Robert Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa channeled nearly all of their considerable powers into destroying each other. Kennedy’s battle with Hoffa burst into the public consciousness with the 1957 Senate Rackets Committee hearings and intensified when his brother named him attorney general in 1961. RFK put together a “Get Hoffa” squad within the Justice Department, devoted to destroying one man. But Hoffa, with nearly unlimited Teamster funds, was not about to roll over.
Drawing upon a treasure trove of previously secret and undisclosed documents, James Neff has crafted a brilliant, heart-pounding epic of crime and punishment, a saga of venom and relentlessness and two men willing to do anything to demolish each other.
An Amazon Best Book of July 2015: Compelling writing makes all the difference in nonfiction, and when it’s applied to an already intriguing subject, readers get a fascinating story they won’t forget. James Neff’s deftly penned Vendetta illuminates the heated legal battles between Robert Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa that spanned almost a decade and eventually convicted Hoffa in 1964.
While working for the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, RFK was looking for a new cause to pursue. At the same time, Jimmy Hoffa’s strong-arm tactics to gain power within the Teamsters were raising an outcry from prosecutors, the media, and other labor organizations. When RFK convinced the Senate to hold hearings into labor racketeering, it ignited a bitter feud between the two growing titans. As RFK’s and Hoffa’s influence within their own ecosystems grew—RFK was made Attorney General after his brother’s election, while Hoffa became general president of the Teamsters—so did the stakes for both men as they dueled in the courtroom.
Double agents, jury tampering, mobsters, and of course Jack Kennedy’s assassination (possibly orchestrated or at least condoned by Hoffa) make this a riveting slice of American history, underscored by carefully chosen details that bring every tense moment to life. In the end, RFK’s murder and Hoffa’s still-unsolved disappearance seem almost inevitable—the perfect, if harrowing, conclusion to a vendetta that shook America. –Adrian Liang
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The Man in the Monster: An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer
by: Penguin Press
Product rating: 4.0 with 31 reviews
An astonishing portrait of a murderer and his complex relationship with a crusading journalist
Michael Ross was a serial killer who raped and murdered eight young women between 1981 and 1984, and several years ago the state of Connecticut put him to death. His crimes were horrific, and he paid the ultimate price for them.
When journalist Martha Elliott first heard of Ross, she learned what the world knew of him— that he had been a master at hiding in plain sight. Elliott, a staunch critic of the death penalty, was drawn to the case when the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned Ross’s six death sentences. Rather than fight for his life, Ross requested that he be executed because he didn’t want the families of his victims to suffer through a new trial. Elliott was intrigued and sought an interview. The two began a weekly conversation—that developed into an odd form of friendship—that lasted over a decade, until Ross’s last moments on earth.
Over the course of his twenty years in prison, Ross had come to embrace faith for the first time in his life. He had also undergone extensive medical treatment. The Michael Ross whom Elliott knew seemed to be a different man from the monster who was capable of such heinous crimes. This Michael Ross made it his mission to share his story with Elliott in the hopes that it would save lives. He was her partner in unlocking the mystery of his own evil.
In The Man in the Monster, Martha Elliott gives us a groundbreaking look into the life and motivation of a serial killer. Drawing on a decade of conversations and letters between Ross and the author, readers are given an in-depth view of a killer’s innermost thoughts and secrets, revealing the human face of a monster—without ignoring the horrors of his crimes. Elliott takes us deep into a world of court hearings, tomblike prisons, lawyers hell-bent to kill or to save—and families ravaged by love and hate. This is the personal story of a journalist who came to know herself in ways she could never have imagined when she opened the notebook for that first interview.
Praise for The Man in the Monster
“Elliott’s harrowing story pulls off something brilliant and new. Elliott peered into the mind of a serial killer by becoming his friend. A narrative that is riveting, honest, and devastating.”
—Jack Hitt, author of Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character
“Martha Elliott takes us inside the mind of serial killer and rapist Michael Ross. Elliott spent ten years getting to know the man behind the monster, and the pace of her book is as fast and merciless as a thriller.”
—Rebecca Tinsley, author of When the Stars Fall to Earth
Posted in Crime & Criminals Tagged with: Intimate, Killer, Monster, Penguin Press, Portrait, Serial
Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker
by: Penguin Books
Product rating: 4.4 with 132 reviews
A rip-roaring saga of murder, money, and the making of Las Vegas
They say in Vegas you can’t understand the town unless you understand Benny Binion—mob boss, casino owner, and creator of the World Series of Poker. Beginning as a Texas horse trader, Binion built a gambling empire in Depression-era Dallas. When the law chased him out of town, he loaded up suitcases with cash and headed for Vegas. The place would never be the same. Dramatic as any gangster movie, Blood Aces draws readers into the colorful world of notorious mobsters like Clyde Barrow and Bugsy Siegel. Given access to previously classified government documents, biographer Doug J. Swanson provides the definitive account of a great American antihero, a man whose rise from thugdom to prominence and power is unmatched in the history of American criminal justice.
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