Public Enemies

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

By (author) Bryan Burrough

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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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  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 137.16 x 218.44 x 35.56mm | 566.99g
  • 29 Apr 2009
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Media Tie In, Reprint
  • 0143115863
  • 9780143115861
  • 473,056

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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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a [A] riveting true-crime tale . . . fascinating . . . the real story, it turns out, is much better than the Hollywood version.a a"The Wall Street Journal" a It is hard to imagine a more careful, complete and entrancing book on the subject, and on this era.a a"The Washington Post" a A rollicking yarn whose prose bounces across the page like a getaway car through a wheat field.a a"Newsweek" a Enemies is 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 criminalsa bloody corpses.a a"Entertainment Weekly," A

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