The Vendetta: Special Agent Melvin Purvis, John Dillinger, and Hoover's FBI in the Age of Gangsters

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PublicAffairs, May 5, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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In "The Vendetta," author Alston Purvis recounts the story of his father, Melvin Purvis, the iconic G-man and public hero made famous by his remarkable sweep of the great Public Enemies of the American DepressionOCoJohn Dillinger; Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson. PurvisOCOs successes led FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover to grow increasingly jealous, to the point where he vowed to bring down Purvis. Hoover smeared PurvisOCOs reputation, and tried to erase his name from all records of the FBI's greatest triumphs. This book sets the record straight, and provides a grippingly authentic new telling of the gangster era, seen from the perspective of the pursuers."

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The Vendetta: FBI Hero Melvin Purvis's War Against Crime, and J. Edgar Hoover's War Against Him

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In the 1930s, Melvin Purvis was one of the best-known FBI agents - and most famous men - in the country, famous for his defeat of "Public Enemies" John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd, more famous ... Read full review

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Alston Purvis has appeared widely in the media, including the History Channel and A&E, to talk about his father. He is head of Boston University's design department. Alex Tresinowski is a senior writer for People magazine specializing in politics, crime and current events. The author of five books, including an upcoming biography of boxer Billy Conn, he lives in New Jersey.

Alex Tresniowski is a longtime human-interest writer at "People "and has written several books, most notably "The Vendetta," which was purchased by Universal Studios and used as a basis for the movie "Public Enemies." His most recent novel, "An Invisible Thread," spent eleven weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list.

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