The first part of this memoir is about growing up in the Louisiana foster system in the 1970’s and 80’s, and of my father’s father, Edward Grady Partin Senior, the Baton Rouge Teamster leader who sent Jimmy Hoffa to prison. The second part is centered around his 1990 funeral and my emancipation from the foster system, which led me to become the youngest soldier in the first Gulf War of 1990-1991, a paratrooper on America’s Quick Reaction Force, and a diplomat for peace in the Middle East.

As a spoiler, I don’t know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa’s body, and we didn’t succeed at peace in the Middle East. But, I still think this is an interesting story, and that it could help kids stuck in the foster system and move the world towards a more peaceful future. I call it, “A Part in History.”

Part I

  1. JIP
  2. Rumors
  3. The Blood Feud
  4. The war on drugs
  5. The Magic of David Copperfield
  6. The Emancipation of Harry Houdini 
  7. Wrestling Hillary Clinton

Part II

  1. A part in war
  2. A part in peace
  3. LSU magic and What the Buddha Taught
  4. Wendy’s Angel