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

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DIANE Publishing Company, 2007 - 592 pages
Tells the full story of the most spectacular crime wave in Amer. history, the two-year battle between the young Hoover & the assortment of criminals who became nat. icons: John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Bonnie & Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, & the Barkers. In 1933, police jurisdictions ended at state lines, the FBI was in its infancy, the highway system was spreading, & fast cars & machine guns were easily available. Reveals many fascinating interconnections in the vast underworld system: safe houses, plastic surgeons, money launderers, & cops on the take. Hoover succeeded in using the ¿Great Crime Wave¿ to lever himself into the position of untouchable power he would occupy for almost half a century. Photos.

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A rollicking, rat-a-tat ride with Clyde Barrow, Ma Barker, and a raft of inept (but a few first-rate) G-men.Though J. Edgar Hoover argued otherwise—and wrote gainsayers out of the official histories ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Bryan Burrough was born in 1961 in Temple, Texas. Burrough is a New York Times best-selling author, special correspondent at Vanity Fair, and former Wall Street Journal reporter. Burrough graduated from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism in 1983. While in college, he was a reporter for the Columbia Missourian and interned at the Waco Tribune-Herald and the Wall Street Journal's Dallas Bureau. Burrough's bestselling book, Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the F.B.I., 1933-34, is scheduled to be released as a movie in 2009. Burrough is a three-time winner of the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism. He lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife and their two sons.

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