Book Forum

In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 2019)

March 2, 2020 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Featuring the author Jack Goldsmith; and Gene Healy, Vice President, Cato Institute; moderated by Patrick Eddington, Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

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How would you react if your stepfather, a man you revered, was accused of the greatest unsolved murder of the 20th century? How would it alter your relationship with him, the rest of your family, and your friends and colleagues? How would your own subsequent exposure to the federal government’s investigative and surveillance powers reshape your view of the government, your stepfather, and yourself? Former Assistant Attorney General Jack Goldsmith experienced all these things and more, sharing them with the world via his third book, In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.


Join us as an expert panel talks with Goldsmith about his book on family, an enduring mystery, and the power of government to destroy the lives of innocent Americans.