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  • Published: 27 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241958674
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

Public Enemies [Film Tie-in]

The True Story of America's Greatest Crime Wave



The book on which Michael Mann's forthcoming film is based, starring Johnny Depp as Dillinger and Christian Bale as the FBI agent who tracks him down - out in the UK July 2009

In the summer of 1933 an amazing group of chancers, misfits and psychopaths took to the American road. Fuelled by the Depression, fast cars and cheap guns, these freelance gangsters terrorized a vast swathe of banks and drugstores across the Midwest. Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Baby Face Nelson, the Barker gang, Pretty Boy Floyd and others went on a crime spree that turned them into legends in their own - generally quite brief - lifetimes. As they tore across state lines, mocking the police and amassing fortunes, the gangsters had no idea that in Washington their nemesis was forming: J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Public Enemies is the sensational story of the outlaws whose exploits became folklore, and the savage, myth-making response of those who hunted them down.

  • Published: 27 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241958674
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

About the author

Bryan Burrough

Bryan Burrough is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in New York. In 1987 he won the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism.

With John Helyar he won the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for their coverage of the RJR Nabisco takeover.

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