|Publisher:||W W Norton & Co Inc|
|Publish Date:||Jun 2011|
|Number of Pages:||505|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.9|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 1.1 x 8.1|
|The Conkle Farm Near Clarkson, Ohio|
|Child of Aquarius|
|Baptism by Fire|
|America's Robin Hood|
|One Step Over the Line|
|Star Light, Star Bright|
|The St. Louis Blues|
|1925-1934 Pretty Boy|
|The Walls Come Tumbling Down|
|On the Scout|
|The Phantom Terror|
|The Midnight Rambler|
|Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?|
|The Summer of '33|
|Epilogue: Sallisaw, Oklahoma|
|Select Bibliography and Source Notes|
Floyd, alias " Pretty Boy',' a name familiar to all Americans, was one of the notorious gangsters who roamed the United States in the 1920s and 1930's, committing bank robberies and being romanticized as Robin Hood-like figures. In reality, these "public enemies" were men and women who terrorized and killed many innocent people before coming to untimely ends. Wallis has written a very engaging biography of Floyd, attempting to separate fiction from fact.
Floyd, a product of the rural Southwest, grew up like the Joads of The Grapes of Wrath, having to scramble to make a living. Instead of hard work, he chose a life of crime. This choice ultimately put Floyd on a collision course with the fledgling FBI, whose reputation was enhanced by designating and then eliminating "public enemies',' including John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Floyd. Recommended where interest in true crime is high.
-Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
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From the best-selling author of Billy the Kid and Route 66, a true-life story of a notorious outlaw that magnificently re-creates the vanished, impoverished world of Dust Bowl America. Michael Wallis evokes the hard times of the era as he follows the life of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd from his coming of age, when there were no jobs and no food, to his descent into a life of petty crime, bootlegging, murder, and prison.
Before long he was one of the FBI's original "public enemies". After a series of spectacular bank robberies he was slain in an Ohio field in 1934 at the age of thirty. Pretty Boy is social history at its best, portraying, with a sweeping style, the larger story of the hardscrabble farmers whose lives were so intolerably shattered by the Depression.
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