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by Thaddeus Russell

Category: Politics and Government
Subcategory: Political books
Author: Thaddeus Russell
ISBN: 0375411577
ISBN13: 978-0375411571
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; First edition (September 11, 2001)
Pages: 288
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Out of the Jungle book. What I did read made me glad I never had to deal with Hoffa

Out of the Jungle book. What I did read made me glad I never had to deal with Hoffa. To me if Hoffa did not get his way he turned to violence and intimidation and sometimes that was what he did first before negotiating. He is to be applauded for becoming a powerful force in the American labor movement with only a ninth grade education. He was the right person at the right time. I am I did not finish the book because I got bored with it.

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Russell argues that Hoffa was compelled by a variety of social forces to place the economic interests of his union members over broad ideological concerns. The most important of those forces was the demonstrated desire of ordinary Teamsters to improve their material lives. What do you hire us for," he famously asked a meeting of truck drivers, "if not to sell your labor at the highest buck we can get?"

Thaddeus Russell's father heavily influenced his childhood from an ideological perspective

Thaddeus Russell's father heavily influenced his childhood from an ideological perspective. While working as a computer programmer, he organized a union at the Northern California headquarters of the National Forest Service. He met Russell's mother at a Young People's Socialist League meeting. Thaddeus was conceived a year later while on their tour of Europe visiting comrades in London and Paris. Published on September 11, 2001, Thaddeus Russell's first book Out of the Jungle: Jimmy Hoffa and the Remaking of the American Working Class is a tribute to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa.

This book argues that Hoffa was compelled by a variety of social forces to place the economic interests of his union members over broad ideological concerns. It is aimed at students of labor history and American studies

This book argues that Hoffa was compelled by a variety of social forces to place the economic interests of his union members over broad ideological concerns. It is aimed at students of labor history and American studies. Labor unions - United States - Officials and employees - Biography. Hoffa, James R. - (James Riddle), - 1913

A member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), he was appointed as its Secretary-Treasurer by union president . Retrieved 2014-12-19. Russell, Thaddeus (2003). Out of the Jungle: Jimmy Hoffa and the Remaking of the American Working Class.

A member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), he was appointed as its Secretary-Treasurer by union president Daniel J. Tobin in 1946, and was re-elected to this post at every subsequent Teamsters convention until his death in February 1969 at the age of 80. The organisation itself described  . Temple University Press.

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Jimmy Hoffa is one of the most storied figures in American history, a rough-and-tumble Indiana native who became the head of the largest and most powerful union in twentieth-century America. More than a quarter-century after his mysterious disappearance, Hoffa’s legend lives on. Yet much of his life, and the significance of his public career, has remained obscured by myth or entirely unknown.In Out of the Jungle, historian Thaddeus Russell gives us a detailed, crisply written, and fascinating account of Jimmy Hoffa’s life and times, much of it previously untold. Russell argues that Hoffa was compelled by a variety of social forces to place the economic interests of his union members over broad ideological concerns. The most important of those forces was the demonstrated desire of ordinary Teamsters to improve their material lives. “What do you hire us for,” he famously asked a meeting of truck drivers, “if not to sell your labor at the highest buck we can get?” He responded to the rank-and-file members’ demands as did none of his contemporaries in the labor movement, seeking financial gain with the mercilessness that made him renowned and feared.Russell shows how Hoffa’s ruthless attitudes evolved over his career. Beginning in the small Indiana coal-mining towns where he was born and raised, continuing into Depression-era and wartime Detroit, and then across the country after the war when Hoffa gained national notoriety, Russell places his life and career in historical perspective. The author presents new interpretations of how the Depression, the New Deal, World War II, and Robert F. Kennedy’s crusade against organized crime affected not only Hoffa and the Teamsters but also the American labor movement as a whole.In this lively and thorough narrative, Thaddeus Russell illuminates the life of one of the most mysterious, compelling, and important figures in modern American history.
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Xtreem
Simply a great read. For any true trade unionist this book will enlighten and provide you with examples of a true American labor leader who put his membership before anything else.

This book covers Hoffa from his earliest days as a labor leader learning the ropes from Farrell Dobbs and then taking those strategies to build a small specialized Union into what was a Union with 2.5 million members. You will learn how greatly Taft Hartley and Landgrum Griffin impacted the American labor movement. You will also learn how little the leaders from the Democratic party actually have done to support the American working class. It was the power that the Teamsters developed and Hoffa's refusal to turn the Teamster's organization over to the Democratic Party leadership that lead to RFK's vendetta against Hoffa the individual.

I would also suggest reading "Hoffa, the Real story" by James R Hoffa. This book was written by Jimmy while he was locked up for what be described political reasons rather than actual crimes. Another great book is "Hoffa and the teamsters; a study of union power" by Ralph and Estell James. There is also "Hoffa" by Arthur Sloane. These four books are simply must read material if you are an American trade unionist.
Xarcondre
An interesting profile of the life and work of the man who helped create the American middle class but tragically helped put the US Labor movement in a very bad light. His negative behavior gave the powerful interests who oppose collective bargaining for working people plenty of live ammno to use. Russell does a good job of profiling Hoffa and this book is a valuable piece of US labor history. I appreciate Russell's style of writing-its a good delivery of the life and times of Jimmy Hoffa.
Barinirm
I read this book twice, just to make sure i didn't miss what I thought was missing in this story of hoffa and the battles between the teamsters and other labor unions in the early 1930's and continuing throughout the next decades. what russell left out was the vicious, unrelenting attacks by employers to destroy the labor movement, and the vicious and illegal attacks by the employers to destroy their own competition in their industry.
just because we used some of the same tactics that employers used on us (and on other employers), we are 'from the jungle'. does russell imply that these corporate bastards, who beat us, jailed us, killed us, used the courts to destroy us, used their own criminal elements to kill us, used the national guard and the us army to shoot us down are not from the jungle,they were just using the 'gentlemen's' tools of competition to stay alive. if we didn't fight fire with fire there would be no labor unions to speak of today. a country without labor unions and pretending to be democratic is a fascist country. this is corporate america's wet-dream, a union free country.
hoffa did what was necessary, given the historical period he lived through. the labor movement, which is under constant attack, which warren buffet has the brutal honesty to call 'class war' needs another jimmy hoffa. this may be a little too much for soft-handed writers who despise our 'jungle'.
ChallengeMine
While no fan of labor unions, i am a big fan of Thaddeus Russell. HIs other book on American history is a classic, and if i were President, it would be required reading in every high school. But alas, I am not President. This book is just a textbook history of the Teamster President, and it is not exciting at all. Its written like a college textbook. Its just boring.
Livina
Walk up to a group of twenty-five Americans on any street corner and throw out some names. Try Al Gore, Dick Cheney, Bill Frist, or the Governor of the state you happen to be in and see how many in the group recognize the name. Then try the name Jimmy Hoffa. Most of the group may not really know who Hoffa was but they will be familiar with the name. For better or worse, just like Elvis, Jimmy Hoffa has become an American icon. Just before he began his term in prison, Hoffa was even compared to Christ by a local leader of the NAACP.
Thaddeus Russell has taken on the task of telling the story of Hoffa the Teamster. This is not really a biography of Hoffa the man for his family is barely mentioned nor is his daily life dealt with. This is the story of Hoffa and his Union and the history of the man and the organization are so deeply intertwined that this almost becomes a biography of the IBT. Russell really begins his story with Hoffa's early employment and his entry into the Union. From that point the author takes the reader along for the ride as the unknown Hoffa and his tiny Detroit local move into the big time. It is a fascinating story.
As the reader travels this sometimes-bumpy road he or she will gain several insights into the current state of American Labor. Hoffa gained the unswerving loyalty of his members by providing them with what they cared about. They wanted higher wages, shorter hours, and better benefits and Hoffa delivered. In contrast to Hoffa, after WWII many Union leaders adopted a corporatist outlook. Many Labor leaders had held this view before the war but it became dominant during the conflict. Their view was that Labor should give up many of it's best tools in order to become an equal partner in the decision making process of government. Russell never uses the term but their views were basically fascist in nature. Not Hitler's version, but true fascism which has never been practiced anywhere but went through a time of great popularity among intellectuals. The power given up by these corporatists still handicaps Labor to this day. Hoffa refused to surrender any tool he had at his disposal and fell out of favor with the rest of Labor.
Russell also covers Hoffa's relationship with the crime world. It appears that while Hoffa did indeed profit by some of his connections, his main reason for reaching out to the Mob in the first place was to gain needed muscle. Had that muscle been used exclusively against goons hired by management it would have been somewhat excusable. Many times however, that brute force was used against other unions. The odd thing is that after his release from prison Hoffa was seen by these underworld figures as a threat to their position in the IBT and that seems to have caused his disappearance. One wonders what would have happened if Hoffa had regained control of the Teamsters.
For someone who has studied the labor movement or a novice in this subject matter, this is a very good book. It is very well written and informative. Russell sheds new light on Hoffa and the IBT and does so in a very clear and easy to read manner. This story is sometimes very complicated but the author has done a remarkable job of explaining the whole story. This book is a welcome addition to the study of American Labor.
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