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For 13 violent months in the 1930s, John Dillinger and his gang swept through the Midwest. The criminals of the Depression robbed almost at will, as the Indiana State Police had only 41 members, including clerks and typists. Dillinger's daring escapes at Crown Point jail or through the withering machine gun fire of FBI agents at Little Bohemia Lodge, along with his countless bank robberies, excited the imagination of a despondent country. He eluded the lawmen of a half-dozen states and the growing power of the FBI, earning him the dubious honor of Public Enemy Number One and captivating Americans to the present day. His brief but significant career is vividly chronicled here in extraordinary detail, as is the entire outlaw era of Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, Ma Barker, and Machine Gun Kelly. John Toland conducted hundreds of interviews; his research took him through 34states, into the cells where Dillinger was confined, and into every bank he robbed.

The Dillinger Days is the inside account of a desperate and determined war between the law and the lawless, a struggle that did not end until a unique set of circumstances led to Dillinger's bloody death outside a Chicago movie house.

©2017 John Toland (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-20

Must have been written by Hoover

The book minimized Melvin Purvis role completely In addition it states that the FBI was responsible for setting up Bonnie and Clyde yet wasn't there The book treated Frank Hamer as an afterthought

Not very truthful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-19

Poorly researched

Author apparently watched movie version of Bonnie and Clyde for all his information on the subject. Makes me question the veracity of the rest of the book. Grover Gardner is the only positive.

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  • D. Lichtenstein
  • 10-04-18

Interesting

Although an interesting and entertaining listen, it's hard to overlook the factual inaccuracies, mostly regarding Bonnie and Clyde. This fact leaves me wondering how many other portions are also inaccurate.

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  • Azul
  • 14-12-17

So far, highly questionable scholarship

Having just finished Jeff Guinn's exhaustively researched book on Bonnie and Clyde, I was disappounted as well as concerned to find that Toland merely spewed forth the most cursory scurrilous and disproved information about them. Straight out of the mouths of period news hacks, completely irresponsible sensationalistic journalism regurgitated as fact. It makes me question the veracity of everything else Toland writes. I am returning this rather than waste my time on false accounts.

Mr. Gardner's reading is of the usual excellent quality.

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  • Mark J. Cavanagh
  • 02-05-21

A Little Known Gem

The master narrates another master. Subject covers all the major criminals of the 30’s. Toland was such a great writer. I enjoyed every word.

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  • Michael
  • 19-01-21

Enjoyed this despite...

Some reviewers complained of factual inaccuracies. Perhaps, as an Aussie I wouldn’t know and I hadn’t read much about Dillinger. Regardless, I found this to be thoroughly engaging and Grover’s narration was up to his usual high standard. Overall, a great listen.

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  • steve p.
  • 26-12-20

great narration , intriguing story felt authentic

luckily there was so much crime going on at that time in our countrys history that the author didnt have to write a shorter book because atleast half of the book was about some ody else. but all of the big names from the past are there

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  • Francis White
  • 02-12-20

Grover Gardner Salvages a Superficial Tome

A good listen, but I wonder if it's as a good a read. Toland's treatment is surface level, and could have benefited from more detail.

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  • Keith Jones
  • 25-09-20

Bought by mistake.

Outstanding narrative of the later days of the gangsters. Brilliant narration. You won’t regret the listen.

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  • steve thomas
  • 10-08-19

Old one but a good one

I probably first read this book 35 years ago and enjoyed very much hearing Grover Gardner re-read it to me. Dillinger is the main focus but Toland also expertly weaves in the stories of Bonnie and Clyde,The Barkers and various other criminals and law enforcement officers. Never a dull moment and gripping at times. Would love to see Audible get an unabridged version of Bryan Burrough's Public Enemies to get a more recent take on the same era.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-19

john dillinger

good listen I've listened to it twice like the narrator as well love john dillinger