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


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: 904,662

Product description

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