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FREE PDF ☆ BOOK Public Enemies America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI 1933 34 Ð BRYAN BURROUGH ☆ In Public Enemies bestselling author Bryan Burrough strips away the thick layer of myths put out by J Edgar Hoover’s FBI to tell the full storyT of newly available material on all the major figures involved Burrough reveals a web of interconnections within the vast American underworld and demonstrates how Hoover’s G men overcame their early fumbles to secure the FBI’s rise to powe For as strange as this sounds I am fascinated by the culture of the Great Depression I would love to have lived then just to see what going to the movies listening to the radio was like Of course the War on Crime would have been a big part of it I just imagine what it would've been like to have lived in Chicago then Since I am born and raised in Chicago the story of the Dillinger manhunt has always had a sort of special fascination for me I've actually been to the Biograph theater and seen the exact spot where John Dillinger was gunned down on July 22 1934 For a person fascinated with history this has some sort of a special meaning for me I like to think that while President Roosevelt was unveiling his programs in the New Deal bank robbers and gangsters criss crossed the land Also being somewhat fascinated by the history of the FBI and J Edgar Hoover in particular I found this book to be a fascinating piece of his overall legacy This is Hoover before the civil unrest of the sixties and the wiretaps and the files on various senators and presidents One of the most interesting strands of the story was the overall character of Melvin Purvis the FBI Special Agent in Charge SAC of the Chicago theater of operations in the campaign to bring down Dillinger I found it fascinating that Purvis' relationship with Hoover actually was one of unbridled terror and deep seated anger especially on the part of Hoover himself For all intents and purposes Melvin Purvis to me is the real hero of this narrative The conclusion of Purvis' story was very sobering if not enlightening What exactly ever happened these men that fought this so called War on Crime and the time and place that it was set in? Not faceless or nameless they are the true victors here All in all I found this book to be very enlightening and extremely informative giving the general American citizen a glance into an era that is no In conclusion may we all be grateful for those men that stood on the front lines of this war and exterminated this threat from the existence of so many AmericansORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 2004

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Een the young Hoover and the 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 an epic feat of storytelling and drawing on a remarkable amoun A 550 page book that reads fast Highly recommended Really enjoyed how he painted the outlaws and the law in their true colors The FBI and the local law enforcement are inept andor corrupt in the beginning but the FBI gets better after many failed battles and real losses The outlaws are not very bright for the most part but clever in many ways Also lucky Hollywood did a real disservice with the movie Bonnie and Clyde These two were not in any way romantic or admirable as they were portrayed in the movie It was surprising how short the time was from beginning to end of the gangs and public enemies One thing missing is a good explanation of the general society and why some of the outlaws were seen as heroic 4 Stars

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Public Enemies America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI 1933 34In Public Enemies bestselling author Bryan Burrough strips away the thick layer of myths put out by J Edgar Hoover’s FBI to tell the full story for the first time of the most spectacular crime wave in American history the two year battle betw The Kansas City Massacre occurred over 75 years ago but you can still go to the renovated Union Station and see chips in the front of the building that were supposedly made by some of the bullets flying around that day If you buy into the premise of Public Enemies this is where the modern FBI was born I like to imagine that years later J Edgar Hoover slipped into town late one night put on one his best evening gowns and burnt some old illegal wire tap tapes on this spot as an offering to the fates that turned him from a fussy minor bureaucrat into one of the of the most powerful men in AmericaIn June of 1933 an escaped convict named Frank Nash had been captured in Hot Springs Arkansas by a couple of agents of the then mostly unknown Bureau of Investigation They brought him by train to KC’s Union Station where they met members of the local police who were going to help drive him back to Leavenworth As they got into the cars they were attacked by armed men trying to free Nash After a brief but intense gunfight two feds and two of the KCPD men were dead several others were wounded and Nash was also killed in the carnage All of the attackers managed to escapeThe event occurred as a new wave of armed robbers had been rampaging across the Midwest John Dillinger Bonnie Clyde Babyface Nelson Pretty Boy Floyd Machine Gun Kelley and the Barker gang were making headlines with high profile kidnappings or by pulling a robbery in one area then using fast cars and new automatic weapons to outrace and outgun the local law enforcement Once in another county or state they were very unlikely to ever be capturedWith Roosevelt’s administration rolling out his New Deal and looking for ways to boost federal power Attorney General Homer Cummings declared a war on crime and pushed for a federal police force Ironically it was a liberal public policy that gave power to Hoover who would then spend most of his career investigating and persecuting harmless leftist groups while ignoring the growth of the Mafia The KC Massacre gave Hoover’s small Bureau of Investigation their chance to be that national police force when the KC cops in an effort to pin all the blame for the massacre on the feds gave them total responsibility for solving the case despite the fact that murdering a federal agent wasn’t even a federal crime then so they technically had no jurisdictionHoover’s clean cut college boys were initially no match for the criminals FBI agents weren’t officially allowed to carry weapons until after the massacre and most of its employees were college graduates looking for a job during the Great Depression and hadn’t signed up to be gun men They made a lot of mistakes and missed a lot of arrest opportunities while a whole lotta money got stolen and many people were killed as the feds worked through their growing pains After all the prominent criminals had been captured or killed many without Bureau involvement it was the movie industry that embraced the ‘G Men’ and turned them and Hoover into American heroes Burroughs has obviously done a lot or research and I think this book has to be one of the most accurate and thorough accounts of the Depression era crime wave that swept the country It’s filled with amazing stories and anecdotes and does a lot to try and break up the myths of the era For example Ma Barker was not the leader of the Barker gang She was a cranky old lady who happened to get shot and killed while the FBI tried to bring in one of her boys Hoover declared her the brains of the operation to deflect criticism about why an unarmed old woman got killed by his agentsThe only flaw in the book isn’t Burroughs’ fault It’s just that history got repetitive The criminals rob banks The inept FBI can’t catch them The criminals rob banks FBI still can’t catch them Rinse and repeat So while I got a little bored with some sections it was only because Burroughs did such a great job of documenting all the history of it This is a must read for anyone interested in the true crime of this eraI’m going to digress a moment about the movie version of this book I enjoyed the movie and thought Johnny Depp did a great job as Dillinger However I find it kind of sad that a book that prides itself on historical accuracy and debunking many of the myths that the movies gave us about these people was itself turned into a movie that was wildly inaccurate and tries to create a whole new set of legends It’s extra funny when you read about how incompetent Melvin Purvis actually was and how he was turned into a hero by the media after Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd were killed This infuriated Hoover and led him to trash Purvis’s career In the film Christian Bale plays Purvis as the straight arrow hero who personally kills Pretty Boy Floyd and Babyface Nelson Hoover has to be spinning in his grave