The Vendetta
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The Vendetta : Special Agent Melvin Purvis, John Dillinger, and Hoover's FBI in the Age of Gangsters

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In The Vendetta , author Alston Purvis recounts the story of his father, Melvin Purvis, the iconic G-man and public hero made famous by his remarkable sweep of the great Public Enemies of the American Depression- John Dillinger Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson. Purvis's successes led FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover to grow increasingly jealous, to the point where he vowed to bring down Purvis. Hoover smeared Purvis's reputation, and tried to erase his name from all records of the FBI's greatest triumphs. This book sets the record straight, and provides a grippingly authentic new telling of the gangster era, seen from the perspective of the pursuers.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 16 pp. b/w photo insert on text
  • 1586487418
  • 9781586487416
  • 875,428

About Alex Tresniowski

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

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