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  • ISBN 0199769168
  • ISBN13 978-0199769162
  • Language English
  • Author Elliott J. Gorn
  • Publisher Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (June 3, 2011)
  • Pages 288
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  • Category Different
  • Subcategory Humanities
  • Size ePub 1575 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
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In an era that witnessed the rise of celebrity outlaws like Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger was the most famous and flamboyant of them all. Reports on the man and his misdeeds--spiced with accounts of his swashbuckling bravado and cool daring--provided an America worn down by the Great Depression with a salacious mix of sex and violence that proved irresistible. In Dillinger's Wild Ride, Elliott J. Gorn provides a riveting account of the year between 1933 and 1934, when the Dillinger gang pulled over a dozen bank jobs, and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars. A dozen men--police, FBI agents, gangsters, and civilians--lost their lives in the rampage, and American newspapers breathlessly followed every shooting and jail-break. As Dillinger's wild year unfolded, the tale grew larger and larger in newspapers and newsreels, and even today, Dillinger is the subject of pulp literature, serious poetry and fiction, and films, including a new movie starring Johnny Depp. What is the power of his story? Why has it lingered so long? Who was John Dillinger? Gorn illuminates the significance of Dillinger's tremendous fame and the endurance of his legacy, arguing that he represented an American fascination with primitive freedom against social convention. Dillinger's story has much to tell us about our enduring fascination with outlaws, crime and violence, about the complexity of our transition from rural to urban life, and about the transformation of America during the Great Depression. Dillinger's Wild Ride is a compulsively readable story with an unforgettable protagonist.

Dillinger's Wild Ride book.

Dillinger's Wild Ride book. A dozen men-police, FBI agents, gangsters, and civilians-lost their lives in the rampage, and American newspapers breathlessly followed every shooting and jail-break.

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Dillinger’s Wild Ride. Elliot J. Gorn teaches at Boston University and wrote other books The ‘Chronology’ covers June 1933 to July 1934, Dillinger’s last year

Dillinger’s Wild Ride. Gorn teaches at Boston University and wrote other books. This 2009 book has a ‘Contents’, ‘Chronology’, ‘Preface’, seven chapters, ‘Acknowledgments’, ‘Notes’, and ‘Index’ in its 268 pages. The ‘Chronology’ covers June 1933 to July 1934, Dillinger’s last year. The shooting of John Dillinger on July 22, 1934 was a national sensation (‘Preface’).

In Dillinger's Wild Ride, Gorn provides compelling and new evidence about his subject, as he skillfully places Dillinger within the broader history of the popular sentiment in the United States during the Great Depression

In Dillinger's Wild Ride, Gorn provides compelling and new evidence about his subject, as he skillfully places Dillinger within the broader history of the popular sentiment in the United States during the Great Depression. Readers will find Gorn's biography of John Dillinger to be comprehensive, lively

John Dillinger was born and brought up in Indiana. His childhood was no better and no worse than most but the early part of his adult life was to be blighted by a spell in prison when he was convicted of an attack on a man in a botched hold-up.

John Dillinger was born and brought up in Indiana. Hoping for leniency he pleaded guilty but was sentenced to a lengthy term of imprisonment, whilst the man with him pleaded not guilty and when convicted received a shorter sentence. It's easy to see where Dillinger's contempt for the law was spawned.

A dozen men-police, FBI agents, gangsters, and civilians-lost their lives in the rampage, and American newspapers breathlessly followed every shooting and jail-break. As Dillinger's wild year unfolded, the tale grew larger and larger in newspapers and newsreels, and even today, Dillinger is the subject of pulp literature, serious poetry and fiction, and film. What is the power of his.

In an era that witnessed the rise of celebrity outlaws like Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger was the most famous and flamboyant of them all.

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Numbered Hardback Books 2011-Now Publication Year. Additional Product Features. Place of Publication. Gorn is Professor of History and American Studies at Brown University. Numbered Hardback Books 2011-Now Publication Year. Numbered Hardback Books 2000-2010 Publication Year. Numbered Hardbacks Books 2011-Now Publication Year. Numbered Hardback Books 1950-1999 Publication Year. He is the author of The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America and Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America, among other books. Country of Publication.

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Tygrafym
Elliott J. Gorn has written a well-researched, eloquent and fluid account of the notorious Jack Rabbit who is better known as John Dillinger. The book moves at a fast clip and is never dull: but then again how could any book ever be dull about so fascinating a character? It is hard to believe that his story is real, that such a man could ever have existed. Dillinger is impossible in today's technological society with its surveillance cameras and cell phone bings and helicopter pursuits of crime cars that make the TV news as they happen. And that is part of his undying fascination. While he is implausible in today's society, today's economically recessional society is not so far different from the breeding grounds of Dillinger's Depression youth.

The book is flawed, however. It would be nice to learn the fates of some key players in Johnnie's life: Melvis Purvis for one (the G-Man most often credited with bagging the bandit, soon to be played by Batman himself...Christian Bale opposite Johnny Depp's Dillinger). Purvis shot himself, by-the-way, but you won't learn of his fate herein - nor that of Dillinger's dear old dad or best gal out of several, Billie Frechette. The photo section also excludes some important personages and it would have been nice to see them included.

The book's subtitle is actually not even needed and reads rather clumsily: "The Year that Made America's Public Enemy Number One." While the book examines the times as relates to Dillinger's doings, one does not get a larger sense of the year(s) (1933-34) as pertains to the entire country and the rest of the world. I mean, 1933 saw the ascension of the biggest criminal in the history of the world - Hitler - so for a larger historical context mention of these momentous happenings would have justified the subtitle. But such is not the case. Plus, it is actually two years that makeup the Dillinger days.

The best biography of Dillinger is still Dary Matera's book of a few years ago - and this author as much says so. So - why was this book written? Because of the upcoming 75th anniversary of of the bank robber's death and because a new Dillinger movie will hit the summer screens and anything about Johnnie D. sells? Perhaps. Whatever the motive, the results are nonetheless a stimulating read, a page-turner, a head-shaker of a book. It is a wild read of a very wild ride.
Watikalate
There have been several biographies written on John Dillinger, and I have to wonder what can be said that hasn't already been said several times before. Perhaps it's because the 75th anniversary of his death is rapidly approaching. Author Elliott Gorn has researched this book very well, and theorizes that Dillinger's life of crime became cemented when he was persuaded to plead guilty to a charge of assault and battery on the owner of a grocery store during an attempted holdup in hopes of leniency from the court. Instead he was hit with a fourteen year prison sentence of which he served nine years. This prison term served as a graduate course in crime. A life of crime offered opportunities that the straight world didn't. Dillinger is viewed as both a hero or a villain by the public, many of which viewed banks as robbers of the common man. The author states the life of an outlaw involves one being alert at all times, and the frustration of not being able to do simple things enjoyed by others. Dillinger, however, at times seemed to invite the law to capture him by hiding in plain sight at Wrigley Field watching the Cubs play baseball, attending night clubs, or lounging in public places watching the people pass by. Dillinger's final day of his life is covered quite quickly without a lot of detail. The part of the book following his death is spent on the different rumors regarding his corpse along with the different books and movies that have been made regarding the gangster. Dillinger's partners in crime are all here and their demise is covered as well. I had to feel sympathy for his father as he viewed his son's body in Chicago following the gangster's death. With tears in his eyes he simply stated, "My boy."
Dangerous
Title was an attention getter. But truthfully, I've tried to read anything about John Dillinger. I knew virtually all there is to know about him, but I love getting something different on him. He is the most fascinatging of the bunch of criminals from the 1930's, to me anyway. Being born in Indiana, but raised in Kentucky, it wasn't until I married and moved back to the Hoosier State did I really get into him. Well worth the time and money to purchase this book.
Nto
I live in Champlin Mn about 30 min from St. Paul I had no idea what kind of very cool history this city had. You always here about Chicago and New York, St. Paul had just has much action with shoot-outs, bank robberies, car chases, kidnappings it's crazy. I gotta take the tour now. But I also didn't know that this was a place for the gangsters and bank robbers to come here and be safe. If they got into trouble and had a lot of heat on them St. Paul was a very good place to go all you have to do is keep out of trouble and don't rob any banks in St. Paul, pay a small fee and your good. But some people don't follow the rules and with the FBI coming in things started to change. But great read found out a lot about not only Dillinger, but also the Karpis-Barker gang, Verne Miller (new fav. gangster), Baby face, and guys I've never even heard of.