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Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI,… (2004)

de Bryan Burrough

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In the summer of 1933 an amazing group of chancers, misfits and psychopaths took to the American road. Fuelled by the Depression, fast cars and cheap guns, these freelance gangsters terrorized a vast swathe of banks and drugstores across the Midwest. Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Baby Face Nelson, the Barker gang, Pretty Boy Floyd and others went on a crime spree that turned them into legends in their own - generally quite brief - lifetimes. As they tore across state lines, mocking the police and amassing fortunes, the gangsters had no idea that in Washington their nemesis was forming: J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Public Enemies is the sensational story of the outlaws whose exploits became folklore, and the savage, myth-making response of those who hunted them down.… (mais)
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One of the only books I gave up on. Just couldn't hold my attention. ( )
  corywa | Feb 9, 2017 |
Crime. That's a theme in the books that I have been reading this year. Atwood's Alias Grace, crime novel. Choke? Definitely has seedy elements that should be crimes. American Psycho, check. Maltese Falcon, check.

Anyway, sometimes it's interested to examine the types of books that you read. :)

This book was great. I will say that while I was reading this, I knew it was going to be a movie with my fav actor, Johnny Depp, and that might have influenced my feelings for the book.

But to look at why this is a good novel. It is a very well-researched novel, but it doesn't read like an essay paper. It is engaging. I found myself wanting to read more, and more, until I finished this beast of a book.

One of the most interesting things that Burrough does is that he takes these crimes and puts them into context. While Dillinger was robbing a bank, the Barker Gang was _________. It's interesting. He also puts into context globally. Like Hitler was using all of these criminals s an example for why Germany should sterilize criminals (so they can't breed more criminals).

Burrough also reminds us that these crimes were happening at a time when most Americans were suffering harshly from the effects of the Great Depression. And I had never thought about these criminals in that sense before.

A good read.

PS. When he was talking about Baby Face Nelson....who hung out a lot in Nevada--well, I knew all the small towns he hung out. :) ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Crime. That's a theme in the books that I have been reading this year. Atwood's Alias Grace, crime novel. Choke? Definitely has seedy elements that should be crimes. American Psycho, check. Maltese Falcon, check.

Anyway, sometimes it's interested to examine the types of books that you read. :)

This book was great. I will say that while I was reading this, I knew it was going to be a movie with my fav actor, Johnny Depp, and that might have influenced my feelings for the book.

But to look at why this is a good novel. It is a very well-researched novel, but it doesn't read like an essay paper. It is engaging. I found myself wanting to read more, and more, until I finished this beast of a book.

One of the most interesting things that Burrough does is that he takes these crimes and puts them into context. While Dillinger was robbing a bank, the Barker Gang was _________. It's interesting. He also puts into context globally. Like Hitler was using all of these criminals s an example for why Germany should sterilize criminals (so they can't breed more criminals).

Burrough also reminds us that these crimes were happening at a time when most Americans were suffering harshly from the effects of the Great Depression. And I had never thought about these criminals in that sense before.

A good read.

PS. When he was talking about Baby Face Nelson....who hung out a lot in Nevada--well, I knew all the small towns he hung out. :) ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Very interesting stories, and a lot different - and more complete and truer to events - than Michael Mann's film. However, this suffers from two significant drawbacks: the language the author uses is not particularly appealing - it gets rather monotonous - and the sheer volume of information is overwhelming at times. While this may be positive to people who study these subjects more profoundly, it's just too much information for the average reader, and it includes too many accounts for most readers, who probably only want to know a bit about the lives of the great 1930s American gangsters and the birth and growth of the FBI. Still, there are some very interesting and exciting episodes, but the book would benefit from a less dense and overwhelmingly detailed account. ( )
  tyler_durden_pt | Sep 12, 2013 |
I really enjoyed reading this.The formation of the FBI and the rise and fall of gangsters such as Dillinger,Baby face Nelson and others.An exciting story well told. ( )
  tugglebug | Mar 10, 2012 |
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In the summer of 1933 an amazing group of chancers, misfits and psychopaths took to the American road. Fuelled by the Depression, fast cars and cheap guns, these freelance gangsters terrorized a vast swathe of banks and drugstores across the Midwest. Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Baby Face Nelson, the Barker gang, Pretty Boy Floyd and others went on a crime spree that turned them into legends in their own - generally quite brief - lifetimes. As they tore across state lines, mocking the police and amassing fortunes, the gangsters had no idea that in Washington their nemesis was forming: J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Public Enemies is the sensational story of the outlaws whose exploits became folklore, and the savage, myth-making response of those who hunted them down.

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