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

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Penguin, Apr 1, 2009 - 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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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

Public enemies: America's greatest crime wave and the birth of the FBI, 1933-34

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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

PROLOGUE
1
A PRELUDE TO WAR Spring 1933
5
A MASSACRE BY PERSONS UNKNOWN June 8 to June 15 1933
19
THE COLLEGE BOYS TAKE THE FIELD June 17 to July 22 1933
51
THE BAYING OF THE HOUNDS July 22 to August 25 1933
71
THE KID JIMMY August 18 to September 25 1933
98
THE STREETS OF CHICAGO October 12 to November 20 1933
135
AMBUSHES November 20 to December 31 1933
162
CRESCENDO March 30 to April 10 1934
267
DEATH IN THE NORTH WOODS April 10 to April 23 1934
292
AND ITS DEATH FOR BONNIE AND CLYDE April 23 to May 23 1934
323
NEW FACES May 24 to June 30 1934
362
THE WOMAN IN ORANGE July 1 to July 27 1934
388
THE SCRAMBLE July 23 to September 12 1934
417
A FIELD IN OHIO AND A HIGHWAY IN ILLINOIS September 18 to November 27 1934
446
THE LAST MAN STANDING December 3 1934 to January 20 1935
484

AN ATTACK ON ALL WE HOLD DEAR January 2 to January 28 1934
183
A STAR IS BORN January 30 to March 2 1934
206
DILLINGER AND NELSON March 3 to March 29 1934
234
PAS DE DEUX January 1935 Until
515
EPILOGUE
543
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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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