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

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In the summer of 1933 an amazing group of chancers, misfits and psychopaths took to the American road. Fuelled by the Depression, fast cars and cheap guns, these freelance gangsters terrorized a vast swathe of banks and drugstores across the Midwest. Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Baby Face Nelson, the Barker gang, Pretty Boy Floyd and others went on a crime spree that turned them into legends in their own - generally quite brief - lifetimes. As they tore across state lines, mocking the police and amassing fortunes, the gangsters had no idea that in Washington their nemesis was forming: J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Public Enemies is the sensational story of the outlaws whose exploits became folklore, and the savage, myth-making response of those who hunted them down.

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Paperback. Pub Date :2009-4-1 Pages: 592 Publisher: Penguin Coming in Summer 2009. the major motion picture from UniversalStudios ludicrously entertaining (Time). Public Enemies is the story ofthe most spectacular crime wave in American history. the two- yearbattle between the young J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI. and anassortment of criminals who became national icons:. John Dillinger. Machine Gun Kelly. Bonnie and Clyde. Baby Face Nelson. Pretty BoyFloyd. and the Barkers In an epic feat of storytelling. Burroughreveals a web of interconnections within the vast Americanunderworld and demonstrates how Hoovers G-men secured the FBIsrise to power.

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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"

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