Forging the Star: The Official Modern History of the United States Marshals Service

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University of North Texas Press, Aug 15, 2016 - History - 560 pages
What do diverse events such as the integration of the University of Mississippi, the federal trials of Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, the confrontation at Ruby Ridge, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have in common? The U.S. Marshals were instrumental in all of them. Whether pursuing dangerous felons in each of the 94 judicial districts or extraditing them from other countries; protecting federal judges, prosecutors, and witnesses from threats; transporting and maintaining prisoners and detainees; or administering the sale of assets obtained from criminal activity, the U.S. Marshals Service has adapted and overcome a mountain of barriers since their founding (on September 24, 1789) as the oldest federal law enforcement organization.  In Forging the Star, historian David S. Turk lifts the fog around the agency’s complex modern period. From the inside, he allows a look within the storied organization. The research and writing of this singular account took over a decade, drawn from fresh primary source material with interviews from active or retired management, deputy U.S. marshals who witnessed major events, and the administrative personnel who supported them. Forging the Star is a comprehensive official history that will answer many questions about this legendary agency.
 

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This book is a bunch of bull! I worked the Persico case in upstate NY, and was part of the arrest team in Conn. I don't ever recall Mike Moriarty working with me at the Persico farm, and I never cut any trees down for any reason. I have been retired for 18yrs and it amazes me what stories are being published about what we (the US Marshals) did back then...total BS!!
Victor Oboyski
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Contents

Introduction
1
Section OneOrigins of a Modern Agency
7
The 1960s in America
35
Moving Beyond Civil Disturbance
103
Redefinition
209
Wanderlust
269
Renewal
327
Appendix
385
Endnotes
393
Bibliography
499
Index
527
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About the author (2016)

David S. Turk is Historian of the United States Marshals Service. He serves on the U.S. Marshals Museum Board and maintains responsibility for the agency’s historical programs. Turk is the author of five books, including one relating to the outlaw Billy the Kid, Blackwater Draw. He lives in Woodbridge, Virginia.

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