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Whatever Happened To Jimmy Hoffa

I think I now know the answer after reading award-winning investigative journalist & author Matt Birkbeck’s new book, “The Quiet Don; The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino. Secretive-even reclusive-Rosario “Russell” Bufalino quietly built his organized crime empire in the decades between Prohibition & the Carter presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton, Pennsylvania, & quaint Amish farms near Lancaster. Bufalino had a hand in global, national, & local politics of the largest American cities, many of its major industries, & controlled the powerful Teamsters Union. His influence also reached the highest levels of Pennsylvania government & halls of Congress, & his legacy left a culture of corruption that continues to this day. “The Quiet Don” is one of best crimes books I’ve ever read & I read a ton of them. To what extent WAS the bullying Bufalino involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa back in 1975? Check out this uniquely American saga that spans 6 decades. “The Quiet Don” follows Russell Bufalino’s remarkably quiet ascent from Sicilian immigrant to mob soldier to a man described by a U.S. Senate subcommittee in 1964 as “one of the most ruthless & powerful leaders of the Mafia in the United States. “The Quiet Don” just went on sale NATIONWIDE yesterday (Tuesday). Check “The Quiet Don” out at all major book stores or visit: www.penguin.com. You can also visit author Matt Birkbeck at: www.mattbirkbeck.com. The man’s also on twitter but don’t ask me how to get there from here…I’m still trying to figure out e-mail!  Nicholas Pileggi, author of “Wiseguy” & the screenplays for “Goodfellas” & “Casino” writes, “The Quiet Don” is a triumph. Matt Birkbeck provides a stunning work of investigative journalism that is memorable & alive & unveils the incredible life & legacy of one of the mobs most important power brokers”. As for what really happened to Hoffa, this doesn’t surprise me. I had more or less suspected this all along!

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