Journalist and author Bryan Burrough will be speaking at Indiana State University at 7 p.m. Monday, October 5, 2009 to kick-off ISU’s University Speakers Series. His topic is “Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the F.B.I.” The event will be held in Tilson Auditorium on the ISU campus, and is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.
Burrough, author of the best selling book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the F.B.I. 1933-1934, utilizes long-secret government files to chronicle the two-year war between J. Edgar Hoover’s nascent F.B.I. and a cadre of legendary American criminals, including John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly and the Ma Barker gang. Burrough illustrates how Hoover’s organizational genius transformed the F.B.I. from a band of amateurish federal agents without firearms or arrest powers into the vaunted G-Men of lore.
The movie, Public Enemies, scheduled for release in July 2009, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard in the incredible and true story of legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger.
No one could stop Dillinger, the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number one target of J. Edgar Hoover’s fledgling FBI and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression.