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The Complete Public Enemy Almanac (Paperback)

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By William J. Helmer, Rick Mattix and Rose Keefe

American crime had a golden age. It was between 1920 and 1940 ÌÎ_Ì´å the roller-coaster years when a rural nation became urbanized and the 19th century finally gave away to the 20th. The same forces that reshaped society also changed the face of crime, and soon the Progressive movement that battled urban decay led to the unintended consequences of increased police and political corruption, drunkenness transformed from a working-class vice to middle-class rebellion, and organized crime established nationally.

"The Complete Public Enemy Almanac" is the ultimate reference book for the gangster era, with many unique features:

  • A highly original and revisionist history of the period, covering the entire nation
  • A unique, unmatched collection of gangster and outlaw biographies
  • Hundreds of illustrations and period photographs
  • A full, first-ever crime chronology of the period
  • Dozens of short features on everything from the shift from local to federalized law enforcement to the history of body armor and goofy schemes to deal with "motorized bandits"
  • The origins and meanings of such terms as the "one-way ride," "X marks the spot," "the real McCoy," "G-Man," "Public Enemy" and many more
  • Innovative lists, including the Chicago Crime Commission's "body count" of gang-style murders during the period
  • New light on the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the Kansas City Massacre, the deliberate killing of Pretty Boy Floyd, the mysterious death of Baby Face Nelson and other events
  • An exhaustive bibliography (including numerous short reviews) of every true-crime book published about gangsters and outlaws of the '20s and '30s

Meticulously documented, lavishly detailed, exhaustively researched and written with an eye for the truths that have remained largely hidden, "The Complete Public Enemy Almanac" provides a reliable source of information about the violent and lawless era of the '20s and '30s.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 669 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (July 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581825064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581825060