The Vendetta

The Vendetta : FBI Hero Melvin Purvis's War Against Crime and J. Edgar Hoover's War Against Him

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The story of Melvin Purvis, the once-iconic G-man and public hero destroyed not by villains but by the jealousy of his boss, J Edgar Hoover By the end of 1934 Melvin Purvis was, after President Roosevelt, the most famous man in America. Just thirty-one years old, he presided over the FBI's remarkable sweep of the great Public Enemies of the American Depression. America finally had its hero in the War on Crime, and the face of all the conquering G-Men belonged to Melvin Purvis. Yet these triumphs sowed the seeds of his eventual ruin. With each new capture each new headline touting Purvis as the scourge off gangsters, one man's implacable resentment grew. J Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI was immensely jealous of the agent who had been his friend and protege, and vowed that Melvin Purvis would be brought down. A vendetta began that would not end even with Purvis's death. For more than three decades Hoover trampled Purvis's reputation, questioned his courage and competence and tried to erase his name from all records of the FBI's greatest triumphs. Alston Purvis is Melvin's only surviving son. With the benefit of a unique family archive of documents, new testimony from colleagues and friends of Melvin Purvis and witnesses to the events of 1934, he has produced a grippingly authentic new telling of the gangster era, seen from the perspective of the pursuers. By finally setting the record straight about his father, he sheds new light on what some might call Hoover's original sin - a personal vendetta that is one of the earliest and clearest examples of Hoover's bitter, destructive more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 170.2 x 238.8 x 30.5mm | 635.04g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586483013
  • 9781586483012

About Alston Purvis

Alston Purvis has appeared widely in the American media to talk about his father. He is head of Boston University's design department. Alex Tresinowski is a senior writer for People magazine, specializing in politics, crime and current affairs. The author of five books, including an upcoming biography of boxer Billy Conn, he lives in New more

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