Public Enemies

Public Enemies

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2005.
ISBN: 9780143035374
0143035371
Branch Call Number: 364.9730904 BU
Characteristics: xiv, 592 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 22 cm

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Nov 14, 2018

I read this book hoping it would cover what happened in the movie. But it covers a lot of other gangsters besides John Dillinger - the Karpis bros., Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Babyface Nelson, and some Machine Gun Kelly. The book was sprawling and it went back and forth between the different gangsters' lives, thus making it feel boring.

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