Public Enemies

Public Enemies

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

Book - 2009
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Chronicles the crime wave that swept the U.S. in the early 1930s, making legends of bank robbers and killers such as Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger, and looks at the response of the fledgling FBI, and J. Edgar Hoover's bid for power in the midst of the chaos.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780143115861
Branch Call Number: HV6783 .B85 2009x
Characteristics: xiv, 592 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 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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