Public enemies: America's greatest crime wave and the birth of the FBI, 1933-34.

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Notes on front papers and half-title page concerning the birth of the FBI, the Karpis-Barker gang, the John Dillinger gang, Baby Face Nelson, Melvin Purvis, the FBI's War on Crime, and J. Edgar Hoover. Examples include: “Cause according to Hoover: widespread deterioration of family values - parents who did not teach children right from wrong.” Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. Lamb asks: Who was the man in Torremolinois, Spain? The last living gangster?” “What was Attorney General Homer Cummings's relationship with J. Edgar Hoover?” “What was the most important FBI case at the time?”


Burrough, Bryan, “Public enemies: America's greatest crime wave and the birth of the FBI, 1933-34.,” One Book. One Author. One Hour., accessed May 25, 2020,


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Public enemies: America's greatest crime wave and the birth of the FBI, 1933-34.


Burrough, Bryan


Program air date: September 19, 2004


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. Author Burrough strips away the myths to reveal a web of interconnections within the vast American underworld, and shows how Hoover's G-men overcame their early fumbles to secure the FBI's rise to power.--From publisher description.


"United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation--History."
"Crime--United States--History--20th century."
"Criminals--United States--History--20th century."


Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection
Gift of Brian Lamb, 2011.


Penguin Press
George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives


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