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Public Enemies: The True Story of America's Greatest Crime Wave

Public Enemies: The True Story of America's Greatest Crime Wave

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By (author) Bryan Burrough

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 27mm | 450g
  • Publication date: 28 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141037946
  • ISBN 13: 9780141037943
  • Edition: Media tie-in
  • Edition statement: Film tie-in ed
  • Illustrations note: 16 pp b/w inset
  • Sales rank: 351,782

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In the summer of 1933 an amazing group of chancers, misfits and psychopaths took to the American road. Fuelled by the Depression, fast cars and cheap guns, these freelance gangsters terrorized a vast swathe of banks and drugstores across the Midwest. Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Baby Face Nelson, the Barker gang, Pretty Boy Floyd and others went on a crime spree that turned them into legends in their own - generally quite brief - lifetimes. As they tore across state lines, mocking the police and amassing fortunes, the gangsters had no idea that in Washington their nemesis was forming: J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. "Public Enemies" is the sensational story of the outlaws whose exploits became folklore, and the savage, myth-making response of those who hunted them down.

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Author information

Bryan Burrough is the author of Dragonfly: Nasa and the Crisis Aboard Mir, Vendetta: American Express and the Smearing of Edmond Safra and (with John Helyar) Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco. He lives in New Jersey.

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" [A] riveting true-crime tale . . . fascinating . . . the real story, it turns out, is much better than the Hollywood version." -"The Wall Street Journal" "A rollicking yarn whose prose bounces across the page like a getaway car through a wheat field." -"Newsweek" "An amazingly detailed true-life thriller that puts us on a stakeout alongside the feds, inside the banks while bullets fly, and inevitably, next to the criminals' bloody corpses." -"Entertainment Weekly"