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Public Enemies

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Bryan Burrough

Narrated By: Campbell Scott

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2004

Duration: 6 hours 10 minutes

Summary:

The astonishing true story of America's first and greatest "War on Crime."

In Public Enemies, Bryan Burrough strips away a thick layer of myths put out by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI to tell the full story of the most spectacular crime wave in American history, the two-year battle between the young Hoover and an 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 1933, police jurisdictions ended at state lines, the FBI was in its infancy, and fast cars and machine guns were easily available. It was a great time to be a bank robber. On hand were a motley crew of criminal masterminds, sociopaths, romantics, and cretins.

Bryan Burrough has unearthed an extraordinary amount of new material on all the major figures involved -- revealing many fascinating interconnections in the vast underworld ecosystem that stretched from Texas up to Minnesota.

But the real-life connections were insignificant next to the sense of connectedness J. Edgar Hoover worked to create in the mind of the American public-using the "Great Crime Wave" to gain the position of untouchable power he would occupy for almost half a century.

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  • Adam

    This was a really great book. Great story and told very well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jeff Johnson

    2 thumbs up ......................................

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Good book. Gives a brief history of the early FBI and realistic idea of the infamous criminals of the day. Easy listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Alesha P

    I am attempting to following along with the book and have noticed the audio version skips a lot of paragraphs and information that is in the actual book. I wish the audiobook followed more closely along with the book.

  • Phil Harper

    Very informative and detailed story.Also like the names of FBI and law enforcement that was involved in trailing the public enemy.