The Vendetta by Alston Purvis
FBI Hero Melvin Purvis's War Against Crime, and J. Edgar Hoover's War Against Him

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In The Vendetta, author Alston Purvis recounts the story of his father, Melvin Purvis, the iconic G-man and public hero made famous by his remarkable sweep of the great Public Enemies of the American Depression-John Dillinger; Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson. Purvis-s successes led FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover to grow increasingly jealous, to the point where he vowed to bring down Purvis. Hoover smeared Purvis-s reputation, and tried to erase his name from all records of the FBI's greatest triumphs. This book sets the record straight, and provides a grippingly authentic new telling of the gangster era, seen from the perspective of the pursuers.

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Alston Purvis has appeared widely in the media, including the History Channel and A&E, to talk about his father. He is head of Boston University's design department. Alex Tresinowski is a senior writer for People magazine specializing in politics, crime and current events. The author of five books, including an upcoming biography of boxer Billy Conn, he lives in New Jersey. Alex Tresniowski is a writer living and working in New York City. He has been a senior writer for "People" Magazine since 1998, writing numerous cover stories and focusing on human interest, crime, and sports. He is also the author of six books, including 2005's "The Vendetta", a true crime story that was purchased by Universal Pictures and used as a basis for the 2009 Johnny Depp movie "Public Enemies".
Published April 17, 2009 by Public Affairs. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Purvis (with People magazine writer Tresniowski) could have compensated for the existence of rival narratives such as Bryan Burrough's definitive Public Enemies by dwelling more on his own memories of his father, rather than giving details of manhunts for gangsters, but he succeeds in giving Me...

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