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

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Howell W. Burkhead on November 13, 2013
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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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One of innumerable books designed to cash in on the short-lived gangster craze in the U.S. and Europe in the wake of 1967's highly acclaimed film "Bonnie and Clyde," featuring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the title roles. Mr. Louderback does provide an interesting depiction of the major players in the Middle Western crime wave during the Great Depression and fairly accurate biographies of the Barkers, Dillinger, Karpis, Nelson, Floyd, Kelly and, of course, the Barrow gang. Illustrated with many photos. While I wouldn't go out of my way to obtain a copy of this book, it's definitely worth reading if you happen across one.
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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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When I was younger my dad owned this book, I must have read it 100 times! In looking forward to reading it 100 more as an adult :-)
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this was a great book....I loaned out my copy MANY YEARS AGO and never got it back. That is why I hate loaning books out to others. Now I buy almost ALL my books on Kindle.
I have a friend who used to deliver papers to Ma Barker in White Bear Lake, Mn. Interesting book.
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