I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Final Ride of Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Awesome book. There are numerous edits of this book as the author promised Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran not to publish certain things he was told until after certain people died so they would not be prosecuted or hounded by the FBI to roll on others. I understand this decision and admire that his promise was kept.
I highly recommend this book, and that you read or listen to the most recent edition, in my case that is the 2017 edition.
I Heard You Paint Houses
What I learned: What truly happened to Jimmy Hoffa. Something I have wanted to know for a good part of my life. Thought I have never, ever doubted he was, to use a euphemism, sleeping with the fishes, exactly how he got to that point was always the big question. Who did it? Why was it done? Where is the body? I now know this and you will also if you read this book.
I also learned exactly what happened to our beloved JFK, the who, how and why. I never believed the Warren Commission, and if you did, or do, please read this. That’s all I am going to say about that. I don’t want to spoil anything.
What I learned about the assassination of JFK angered me, made me shake with anger, and brought home to me just how filthy Politics and the people involved in them can be. Not all are, but some can be. I mourned all over again the loss of a great man who was ahead of his time.
I was 5 years old when JFK was murdered. I lived in a small (pop 116) town in KY on the border of TN. I came in the house to hear my racist father say “Someone finally killed that n __r(I refuse to type the rest of that derogatory work) lover.” I lost ALL respect for my father then and there, and I never regained it. He was a Minister – and taught us in church that we were all created equal, we were all children of God yet…. I can’t to this day abide a Hypocrite and I do everything within my life to love all people no matter their color, preferences or orientation.
This books contains the use of that N word a lot and my daughter objected to it. I was so proud of her. I explained to her that it was because of the times, and the ignorance of the people speaking, and that I disliked it as well. Its so hard for me to hear that word but it is used in this book during a certain time period, and you should know that in advance.
On to more positive aspects:
The author Charles Brandt does an excellent job of keeping dates, people and facts straight. Even listening to the audio book I never became confused as to who was being discussed, where the conversation was taking place or, perhaps most importantly what was being discussed.
One thing I have always heard about Jimmy Hoffa, and as a member of the working class of the USA, I have to agree with, was the good he did for the working class.
Without Jimmy Hoffa children would still be able to work at age 12 -for unlimited hours. We would be able to work unlimited hours without being compensated for overtime. We would not have insurance from our employers, and yes I know that now some do not, but that was taken away by Politicians, and weak union members.
There would be no prenatal or after birth time off – and so many more working ‘rights’ that we now expect would be absent from our lives.
Jimmy Hoffa was a stand up man. I always was told this, I always believed this, and I found nothing in this book to dissuade me from continuing to believe it. On the scales of life, he certainly weighed out on the side of good much more than bad. He lived to help make the lives of others better than what they were before.
So why 4 stars instead of 5? Documentation was not available, that I am aware of, from the author. He speaks of it, but if its available somewhere I missed it, and its entirely possible I did. Listening to an audiobook its easier to do. However there was not a separate download as there was with other audiobooks, with a website listing to view documentation.
If that had been available my review would have been 5 stars.
I have read anything and everything I can find about Jimmy Hoffa. I found this book to be the most informative, and I feel a sense of peace, finally, knowing what happened to Mr. Hoffa. May he rest in peace.
Ila in Portland, ME
Sept 29, 2017
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