Public Enemies

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 35.6mm | 521.64g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143035371
  • 9780143035374
  • 944,035

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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
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About Bryan Burrough

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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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
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