Winner of the John Hancock Award, Bryan Burrough pens this in-depth look at crime in the early 1930s and the birth of the FBI. As the Depression continued to ravage the country, people became more and more desperate. Men like John Dillinger, Clyde Barrow and Baby Face Nelson and their gangs went on wild crime sprees, some becoming celebrities in the process. Simultaneously, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established to combat this growing domestic problem-and so the War on Crime began.
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by Bryan Burrough
by Mike Krzyzewski, Donald T. Phillips
by Matt Christopher
by Sebastian Junger
by Charles Pellegrino
by Bernard Lewis
by William Langewiesche
by Vincent Lardo
"You know something's wrong at the FBI when J. Edgar Hoover is answering the phones. Bryan Burrough's PUBLIC ENEMIES contains 27 hours of remarkable facts about the bumbling origins of the FBI. In one instance, Hoover had to come up with a reason why his G-men killed Ma Barker, so he made up a tale that she was the brains of the gang and died with a machine gun in her hands. Burrough has equally revealing details about gangsters--for example, they stayed away from Southern banks because they were afraid of Southern prisons. Narrator Richard M. Davidson adds a swaggering James Cagney-like reading to this addictive story about a bygone period in U.S. history when "yegg men" used automobiles and state boundaries to become ruthless folk heroes. R.W.S. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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