Be the FBI Agent in training under J. Edgar Hoover and run the gauntlet of Machine Gun Kelly, Baby Face Nelson and the Barker Karpis Gang. Step back into downtown Chicago of the 1930s and retrace the steps of some of America's most notorious mobsters.
True Stories from the Files of the FBI was written by W. Cleon Skousen under the direct supervision of Mr. Hoover himself. These first-hand accounts of actual "do or die" situations were used for decades to train thousands of FBI agents.
In this riveting retelling of "G-men" arresting or killing perpetrators of the country's most violent crimes, learn how the investigations led to clues for the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping case, the Kansas City Massacre, the raids by John Herbert Dillinger and his gang, "Killer" Kinnie Wagner's murder spree, and more.
"True Stories from the Files of the FBI is an amazing book! A lot of history, a lot of detail, a lot to learn!" (Michael J. Thompson, AML)
"True Stories from the Files of the FBI captures the history of landmark criminal cases with riveting, quick-read storytelling - a must for every crime reader's most wanted book list." (Mark Singer, Founder of Chicago Crime Tours)
True Crime Audiobook of the Year 2015 (Izzard Ink Publishing)
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Captivating and enlightening American history!
The stories kept me so captivated that I didn't realize I was learning American history!
Every story (and there were many) had a different "flavor," but the one that stands out in my mind was how the FBI took out the 8 Nazi saboteurs so quickly, that the ink on their forged travel documents was probably still wet. Baby Face Nielsen was also good!
Magnificent job. His voice matches the era of "the greatest generation," during which these stories take place. Excellent delivery.
American Exceptionalism - Fights and victories which demonstrate the reliability of the American form of government and its people.
Easy to listen to this audio book - about stories and information that I thought I knew, but realized I'd only heard names and vague references. This book gives the juicy details of the lives and stories about people larger than life, in American history, that we should know.
Awesome True Crime Book!
Ranks in my personal top seven (top 10 is too cliche).
There aren't any characters like you would find in a novel, but one of my favorite subjects was the Barker - Karpis gang. I hadn't known of them before but I was riveted by what I learned about them.
He brings the story to life - you listen to the narration and become part of the story. His voice and style lend perfectly to this book.
Dive into the FBI files of the individuals behind the headlines of the 1930's.
True Stories from the Files of the FBI is one of the best true crime books out there. Without over-sensationalizing anything you're immediately draw into another not-too-distant world. You're pulled into the headlines of the late 1930's as you explore the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping case that held the national attention years ago. You come away with a different perspective of the mob years as Baby Face Nelson held a grasp on Chicago. With crime running rampant you see why the FBI came to be and J. Edgar Hoover's efforts to "Clean up America".
The book moves at a good pace and keeps you entertained, but at the same time you draw comparisons to today's world. I could have read quite a bit more, Skousen left me wanting a sequel.