|aPublic enemies : |bAmerica's greatest crime wave and the birth of the FBI, 1933-34 / |cBryan Burrough.
|aNew York : |bPenguin Books, |c2009.
|axiv, 592 p. : |bill., maps ; |c22 cm.
|aAnalyzes Depression-era bank robbery and its most notorious figures, discussing the factors that influenced the period's crime rates, the formation and early work of the FBI, and the contributions of J. Edgar Hoover.
Coming in Summer 2009, the major motion picture from Universal Studios
”ludicrously entertaining” (Time), Public Enemies is the story of the most spectacular crime wave in American history, the two-year battle between the young J. Edgar Hoover, his FBI 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 an epic feat of storytelling, 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 power.