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    Robert F. Kennedy Signed Presentation Copy: The Enemy Within. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1960. 8vo (5.75" x 8.5"), 338 pages. Olive green boards with gilt spine lettering, no dust jacket. Signed and inscribed: "To Senator Church / With the deep admiration / and gratitude of the author / Robert F. Kennedy" on the front free endpaper. Inscribed to Frank Church (1924-1984), the Democratic Senator from Idaho from 1957 to 1981. Church served in the Senate with both JFK and RFK. The book presented here is in good condition, sunning to the spine, and slight fading of the spine lettering. Mild toning of the endpapers, with a few pages having folded corners; otherwise the text is largely clean and the binding sound.

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    Subtitled in later editions as The McClellan Committee's Crusade Against Jimmy Hoffa and Corrupt Labor Unions, is RFK's account of the McClellan Committee's investigation of Hoffa and the Unions in the late 1950s. At the time, Kennedy was chief counsel of the Senate Labor Rackets Committee, better known as the McClellan Committee. It became a personal mission to bring down Hoffa, Johnny Dio, and any other Teamsters who might get in his way. Kennedy hated corruption anywhere at any level, and he was determined to "get Hoffa." The Enemy Within further soured an already bitter acrimony that both Kennedy and Hoffa felt for each other. But Kennedy's goal was noble and clear, and stated boldly at the end of Chapter 12 of this book where he writes, "The point I want to make is this: If we do not on a national scale attack organized crime with weapons and techniques as effective as their own, they will destroy us."

     

    Senator Frank Church (1927-1984) served as a U.S. senator from Idaho from 1957 through 1981. Shortly after graduating from Stanford Law School, the thirty-two-year-old Church became the fifth youngest person to be elected as a U.S. senator. During his lengthy senate career, he was known for his opposition to the Vietnam War, chairmanship of the Church Committee, and environmentalism. He was a presidential candidate in 1976, but left the race to support Jimmy Carter, who added the senator to his short list of possible vice presidential candidates.



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