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

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Penguin, Apr 29, 2009 - History - 624 pages
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In Public Enemies, bestselling author Bryan Burrough strips away the thick layer of myths put out by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI to tell the full story—for the first time—of the most spectacular crime wave in American history, the two-year battle between the young Hoover and the 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 and drawing on a remarkable amount of newly available material on all the major figures involved, Burrough reveals a web of interconnections within the vast American underworld and demonstrates how Hoover’s G-men overcame their early fumbles to secure the FBI’s rise to power.
 

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Wow what an excellent book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has the slightest interest in any of Americas famous criminals or background on the beginning of the FBI. This is a very well written book. Read full review

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Burrough (coauthor, Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco ) is clearly a gifted writer and a skilled researcher. Yet while many of the vignettes in this portrait of a crime era read like the ... Read full review

Contents

A PRELUDE TO
A MASSACRE BY PERSONS UNKNOWN
THE COLLEGE BOYS TAKE THE FIELD
THE BAYING OF THE HOUNDS
THE KID JIMMY
THE STREETS OF CHICAGO
AMBUSHES
AN ATTACK ON ALL WE HOLD DEAR
NEW FACES
THE WOMAN IN ORANGE
THE SCRAMBLE
A FIELD IN OHIO AND A HIGHWAY IN ILLINOIS
THE LAST MAN STANDING
PAS DE DEUX
EPILOGUE
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY

A STAR IS BORN
DILLINGER AND NELSON
CRESCENDO
DEATH IN THE NORTH WOODS
AND ITS DEATH FOR BONNIE AND CLYDE
NOTES
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Acknowledgements INDEX
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

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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