Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34

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Penguin, 2004 - History - 592 pages
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Coming in Summer 2009, the major motion picture from Universal Studios

"ludicrously entertaining" (Time), Public Enemies is the story of the most spectacular crime wave in American history, the two-year battle between the young J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI, and an assortment of criminals who became national icons: John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Barkers. In an epic feat of storytelling, Burrough reveals a web of interconnections within the vast American underworld and demonstrates how Hoover's G-men secured the FBI's rise to power.

  

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A wonderful job of research and writing. - Goodreads
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Enjoyable and thoroughly researched. - Goodreads
Overall, this was long, well-researched, and gripping. - Goodreads
The book is meticulously researched, but never dry. - Goodreads
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The bank robbers of the depression era are America's version of Robin Hood. Immersed in myth, glamour, and brutal reality, the truth, as always, lies somewhere in between. Charting a rogue's gallery ... Read full review

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While this was a tedious read due to the great amount of detail provided it is one of the more fascinating non-fiction books I have ever read. Detailing the successes and more often blunders of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of three previous books. A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, he is a three-time winner of the John Hancock Award for excellence in financial journalism. Burrough lives in Summit, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.

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