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

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

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By (author) Bryan Burrough

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 591 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 36mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 28 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143035371
  • ISBN 13: 9780143035374
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 908,689

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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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Author information

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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"Brims with vivid portraiture ... Excellent true crime." --The New York Times Book Review"An amazingly detailed true-life thriller..." --Entertainment Weekly"It is hard to imagine a more careful, complete and entrancing book on the subject, and on this era." --The Washington Post"[A] riveting true-crime tale... Fascinating... The real story, it turns out, is much better than the Hollywood version." --The Wall Street Journal"Spellbinding... A model of narrative journalism and [a] gripping read." --BusinessWeek

Table of contents

Author's Note Cast of CharactersPrologue A Prelude to War, Spring 1933 1 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 "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 Crescendo, March 30 to April 10, 1934 267 Death in the North Woods, April 10 to April 23, 1934 292 "And It's 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 Pas de Deux, January 1935 until... 515 Epilogue 543 Bibliographical Essay 553 Notes 556 Selected Biography 567 Acknowledgements 571 Index 573