Public Enemies

America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34
Author(s): Bryan Burrough
CD - unabridged
Audio (22 discs)
Product Number: C2742
Released: Jun 10, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402593758
Narrator/s: Richard Davidson
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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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Public Enemies
Product Number: BX00005261
Product Number:Z2961
Product Number:C2742

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Author(s): Bryan Burrough
Narrator(s): Richard Davidson
Product Number Z2961
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449890117
Author(s): Bryan Burrough
Product Number EB00394156
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101032749

Professional reviews

"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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