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The Bad Ones: Gangsters of the '30s and Their Molls Paperback – January 1, 1968


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett Publications (1968)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000NS1GSO
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,448,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sharp, concise, fast-moving account of the "solo" gangsters of the 30s and the era that produced them. I don't lend this copy; I'm afraid I won't get it back. It is exciting without being too sensational. I have checked, and have not found a factual historical error in this book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick "Mad Dog" Mattix on September 24, 2007
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Louderback's The Bad Ones came out in 1968, just in time to cash in on the Bonnie and Clyde movie craze, and includes chapters on all the headline outlaws of the 1930s: the Barkers, Machine Gun Kelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Alvin Karpis. The catchy writing style well captures the folk hero/social bandit status fostered on these misfits by the Depression and the multitude of photos should probably earn it three and a half or four stars. There is a lot of good information in this book, seemingly gleaned from ancient detective magazines which were more factual and respected in the '30s than today, but quite a few errors and considerable literary license as well. It is an entertaining work, has its merits when viewed with a critical eye, and is quite collectible. Largely obsolete in comparison with the more scholarly works of recent years but like Toland's book a good overview of what was known at the time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. CROSBY on April 30, 2010
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Well, I had this book back in High School when all the "Bonnie and Clyde" movie hoopla was about. I thought it was pretty cool in 1968. Now I look at it as a simple example of sensational journalism-- period. Has many great old photo's but in the main its just a rehash of old detective magazine information. Novelty item.
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