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Summary

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

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factual discrepancies

book was great untill! we got to clyde and bonnie Parker pure horse crap to have such disinformation means to me a lack of research there for the rest of the book is unreliable making it pointless in listening to or reading

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  • Jimmy Oneal
  • 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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  • Doug Weaver
  • 04-10-21

although the narrator did a good job, the accuracy

although the narrator was good, the accuracy of events were non existent. I only finished it because I had to see what other non truths could be told.
I recommend that the author do real research before his next writings.

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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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  • Brian
  • 07-05-22

Great Book

this book covers not only John Dillinger but also other figures of the time and how they influences each other and the development of the FBI.

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  • Cody Cook
  • 21-12-21

overall a pretty straightforward account.

while I loved the book overall, the fact that the narrator felt the need to say coopay instead of coupe drove me absolutely crazy.

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  • SOME1 else
  • 16-12-21

A Wild Ride and then some

Published in 1963, John Toland‘s exhaustive study of America’s Public Enemy No.1, his crimes, the times, and tolls the Midwest Crime Wave took on its participants, remains, nearly sixty years on, fascinating biographical drama, deserving no less than a reading by that greatest of narrators, Grover Gardener.

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  • Wendy
  • 02-09-21

informative and intriguing

research really seemed to be done and I loved the voice choice for the story

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  • Mark C.
  • 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.