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

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A rollicking, rat-a-tat ride with Clyde Barrow, Ma Barker, and a raft of inept (but a few first-rate) G-men.Though J. Edgar Hoover argued otherwise—and wrote gainsayers out of the official histories ... Read full review

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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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A STAR IS BORN 10 DILLINGER AND NELSON 11 CRESCENDO 12 DEATH IN THE NORTH WOODS 13 AND ITS DEATH FOR BONNIE ...
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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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