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. \u0022What do you hire us for,\u0022 he famously asked a meeting of truck drivers, \u0022if not to sell your labor at the highest buck we can get?\u0022 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. This new paperback edition will be most cherished by students of labor history and American studies.
Thaddeus Russell is visiting Assistant Professor of History at Barnard College. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, he graduated from Antioch College and received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He lives with his wife in New York City.
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. American Soil2. Jungle Unionism3. The Limits of Brotherhood4. The Wages of War5. The Price of Peace6. A New Man of Power7. The Making of a "Labor Boss"8. Jungle Politics9. The Enemy Within10. Remaking the American Working Class11. Crucifixion of an AntichristEpilogue: ResurrectionNotesIndex