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 | 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 218mm x 36mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 29 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143115863
  • ISBN 13: 9780143115861
  • Edition: Media tie-in
  • Edition statement: Media Tie In, Reprint
  • Sales rank: 411,489

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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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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] 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"