Public Enemies by Bryan Burrough audiobook

Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34

By Bryan Burrough
Read by Campbell Scott and Bryan Burrough

6.12 Hours 07/01/2004 Abridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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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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A New York Times bestseller

One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] riveting true-crime tale…fascinating…the real story, it turns out, is much better than the Hollywood version.” Wall Street Journal
“A rollicking yarn whose prose bounces across the page like a getaway car through a wheat field.”  Newsweek
“An amazingly detailed true-life thriller that puts us on a stakeout alongside the feds, inside the banks while bullets fly, and inevitably, next to the criminals’ bloody corpses.”  Entertainment Weekly
“This book compellingly brings back to life people and times distorted in the popular imagination by hagiographic bureau memoirs and Hollywood.”   Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Bryan Burrough

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English