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Leslie
When Hoover came to the BI (no F yet) in the '20s, it was unknown, incredibly corrupt, and generally incompetent. By the time the public started getting worried about what seemed an alarming crime wave in the early '30s, it was still generally unknown, a lot less corrupt, and still pretty bloody incompetent. Hoover managed to generate a whole lot of publicity in the next couple of years, chasing criminals like Dillinger and the Barkers, but only by riding on the coattails of more competent agenc ...more
Lori
It was amazing! Not only did it inspire me to write my thesis over Bonnie and Clyde, but it taught me a lot about local history. I never knew that Tulsa was big enough to have an underworld, but apparently it did in the 20s and 30s. It switched perspective and took you into the lives of the criminals, which led to me sympathizing and rooting for them (except Baby Face Nelson; he was an ass). But it also took me into the FBI, which was trying to get its footing and made a lot of big mistakes. I h ...more
Amy
Excellent. Was a bit long, but it kept your interest the whole way through. Had grouped picture of all the players which was a big help in keeping everyone straight. I would recommend this to any crime or history buffs.
Luci
I really liked this book. MUCH better than the film. It does cover a lot of the main criminals at once, but the organizational method is time, so Burroughs basically works down the line as he talks about Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Machine Gun Kelly, etc. This is really a good story about the FBI and you can't beat the research he did. Burroughs is also a pretty talented writer.
Takipsilim
Thrilling page-turner on law and crime in hard-times America.
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