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

By (author) Bryan Burrough

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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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  • Paperback | 591 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 35.6mm | 521.64g
  • 28 Jun 2005
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143035371
  • 9780143035374
  • 707,654

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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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Brims with vivid portraiture ... Excellent true crime. ("The New York Times Book Review") An amazingly detailed true-life thriller... ("Entertainment Weekly", A) 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") Massively researched, ludicrously entertaining.("Time ") Spellbinding... A model of narrative journalism and [a] gripping read. ("BusinessWeek")

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