In the coming weeks, we'll feature some of the prominent corruption fighters in Cockcroft's book, beginning close to home with a familiar American politcial figure, Robert F. Kennedy.
Robert Kennedy serveed on the United States Senate's McClellan Committee from 1957 to 1959. As Attorney General, Kennedy "continued to believe that organized crime as a bigger threat to the US political system than communism," says Crockcroft, who sees the late senator as an example of "the effect that one catalyst can have in seeing that a judical systems is effective--a true alignment of standards with ethics."
Bobby Kennedy made his name as a young advocate who successfully identified, through Senate hearings, the mafia links of two of the most powerful union bosses in American history: Dave Beck and Jimmy Hoffa of the Teamsters' Union, which in the 1950s had a membership of 1.5 million and dominated the trucking and related industries. . . . As a believer in the American system, Kennedy despised Hoffa for his conviction that American society was irredeemably corrupt. He feared that organized crime was spreading its tentacles from the underworld into labour relations, business and politics and that this reflected the "moral sickness of a greedy society."