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The Vendetta: Special Agent Melvin Purvis, John Dillinger, and Hoover's FBI in the Age of Gangsters
 
 
Author
Alston Purvis.
Publisher PublicAffairs  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781586487416
Pages/Publication Date 363/2005
Daedalus Item Code 24155
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By the end of 1934 Melvin Purvis was, besides President Roosevelt, the most famous man in America, leading the neophyte FBI's sweep of such public enemies as John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson. Yet these triumphs sowed the seeds of his eventual ruin, as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover became ever more jealous of the agent who had been his friend and protégé. Launching a vendetta that would not end even with Purvis's death, Hoover spent the next three decades trampling Purvis's reputation, questioning his courage and competence, and trying to erase his name from all records of the FBI's greatest triumphs. Alston Purvis, Melvin's only surviving son, sets out to restore his father's reputation, mining a unique family archive of documents, new testimony from colleagues and friends of Melvin Purvis, and witnesses to the events of 1934, and gives us a gripping, authentic new perspective of the gangster era, from those who pursued them.
 
 
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