Forging the Star

The Official Modern History of the United States Marshals Service

978-1-57441-797-5 Paperback
6 x 9 x 0 in
560 pp. 38 b&w illus. Notes.
Pub Date: 02/27/2020


Forging the Star is a comprehensive official modern history of the U.S. Marshals, the oldest federal law enforcement organization. Their daily duties include 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; and administering the sale of assets obtained from criminal activity.

“Turk takes the reader on an informative, easy-to-read round-up of federal marshal activities through the decades, covering the marshals’ roles in such events as the American Indian Movement’s takeover of Alcatraz and occupation of Wounded Knee, the kidnapping and trial of Patty Hearst, the integration of the University of Mississippi, the trials of International Brotherhood of Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, Watergate, various hostage negotiations, transportation of prisoners and administration of the Witness Protection Program.”    —Wild West

Published by University of North Texas Press