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True Stories from the Files of the FBI | [W. Cleon Skousen]

True Stories from the Files of the FBI

Be the FBI Agent in training under J. Edgar Hoover and run the gauntlet of Machinegun Kelly, Baby Face Nelson, and the Barker Karpis Gang. Step back into downtown Chicago of the 1930s and retrace the steps of some of America's most notorious mobsters. True Stories from the Files of the FBI was written by W. Cleon Skousen under the direct supervision of Mr. Hoover himself. These first-hand accounts of actual "do or die" situations were used for decades to train thousands of FBI agents.
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Publisher's Summary

Be the FBI Agent in training under J. Edgar Hoover and run the gauntlet of Machine Gun Kelly, Baby Face Nelson and the Barker Karpis Gang. Step back into downtown Chicago of the 1930s and retrace the steps of some of America's most notorious mobsters.

True Stories from the Files of the FBI was written by W. Cleon Skousen under the direct supervision of Mr. Hoover himself. These first-hand accounts of actual "do or die" situations were used for decades to train thousands of FBI agents.

In this riveting retelling of "G-men" arresting or killing perpetrators of the country's most violent crimes, learn how the investigations led to clues for the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping case, the Kansas City Massacre, the raids by John Herbert Dillinger and his gang, "Killer" Kinnie Wagner's murder spree, and more.

©2014 Izzard Ink, LLC (P)2014 Izzard Ink

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"True Stories from the Files of the FBI is an amazing book! A lot of history, a lot of detail, a lot to learn!" (Michael J. Thompson, AML)

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    Robert 08-13-14
    Robert 08-13-14
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    Where does True Stories from the Files of the FBI rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book is in the top 10 of all the audiobooks I have listened to so far.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    These stories are true stories from someone that worked for the FBI


    Which character – as performed by Corey M. Snow – was your favorite?

    Corey M. Snow. read true stories from the FBI files.so there was no character but the story of Kenny Wagner was really interesting


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the stories kept me very interested.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 09-01-14
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    "The history of the FBI"
    Would you consider the audio edition of True Stories from the Files of the FBI to be better than the print version?

    I really liked the performance by Corey. I liked both audio and the book very much, it is nice to listen to to the book while I drive.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    He brought a lot of the characters to life.


    Have you listened to any of Corey M. Snow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I will now.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Mobsters crime and intrigue.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm younger, these are stories I have heard mentioned but I never really knew how they unfolded. It was interesting and I learned a lot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Inspector U.S.A. 08-27-14
    Inspector U.S.A. 08-27-14

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    "Captivating and enlightening American history!"
    What did you love best about True Stories from the Files of the FBI?

    The stories kept me so captivated that I didn't realize I was learning American history!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of True Stories from the Files of the FBI?

    Every story (and there were many) had a different "flavor," but the one that stands out in my mind was how the FBI took out the 8 Nazi saboteurs so quickly, that the ink on their forged travel documents was probably still wet. Baby Face Nielsen was also good!


    What about Corey M. Snow’s performance did you like?

    Magnificent job. His voice matches the era of "the greatest generation," during which these stories take place. Excellent delivery.


    If you could give True Stories from the Files of the FBI a new subtitle, what would it be?

    American Exceptionalism - Fights and victories which demonstrate the reliability of the American form of government and its people.


    Any additional comments?

    Easy to listen to this audio book - about stories and information that I thought I knew, but realized I'd only heard names and vague references. This book gives the juicy details of the lives and stories about people larger than life, in American history, that we should know.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 08-22-14
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    "Awesome True Crime Book!"
    Where does True Stories from the Files of the FBI rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks in my personal top seven (top 10 is too cliche).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There aren't any characters like you would find in a novel, but one of my favorite subjects was the Barker - Karpis gang. I hadn't known of them before but I was riveted by what I learned about them.


    What does Corey M. Snow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the story to life - you listen to the narration and become part of the story. His voice and style lend perfectly to this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dive into the FBI files of the individuals behind the headlines of the 1930's.


    Any additional comments?

    True Stories from the Files of the FBI is one of the best true crime books out there. Without over-sensationalizing anything you're immediately draw into another not-too-distant world. You're pulled into the headlines of the late 1930's as you explore the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping case that held the national attention years ago. You come away with a different perspective of the mob years as Baby Face Nelson held a grasp on Chicago. With crime running rampant you see why the FBI came to be and J. Edgar Hoover's efforts to "Clean up America".

    The book moves at a good pace and keeps you entertained, but at the same time you draw comparisons to today's world. I could have read quite a bit more, Skousen left me wanting a sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sam 08-18-14
    Sam 08-18-14
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    "Great history of the FBI"
    If you could sum up True Stories from the Files of the FBI in three words, what would they be?

    Best true crime book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of True Stories from the Files of the FBI?

    Being a fan of Dillinger, I appreciated the background and the new facts I learned regarding him.


    Which character – as performed by Corey M. Snow – was your favorite?

    Killer Kinnie Wagner


    If you could give True Stories from the Files of the FBI a new subtitle, what would it be?

    FBI Agent in training


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mattodaiou SLC 08-18-14
    Mattodaiou SLC 08-18-14 Member Since 2012

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    "True stories from the crime fighters who lived the"
    Would you listen to True Stories from the Files of the FBI again? Why?

    I believe this was made as an instruction manual for agents of the FBI. However, it took me into the cases of the FBI and it kept me interested throughout the whole book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book made me feel like I was back in time really working for the FBI. What made it interesting is how you read about past criminals, major crimes, and how they caught those criminals.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an interesting book that give the basics about the FBI. It starts with the history of how and why it was founded, what they investigate, forensics, etc. The introduction to the FBI, was well done. I really got a good understanding of how the FBI was run by J. Edgar Hoover.

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    "Captivating Slice of American History"
    Would you consider the audio edition of True Stories from the Files of the FBI to be better than the print version?

    The glamour of Hollywood could never capture the real horror and struggle the FBI had to deal with when confronting home-grown terrorists. The telling is more arresting than the reading, I loved it.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The tenacity of criminals to try and out-wit a deck stacked against them just astonishes me. And to fight it at the cost of innocent lives reflected darkly on their ugly value of human life.


    Which character – as performed by Corey M. Snow – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Ma Barker and the Gang the most, riveting listening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Lindbergh kidnapping was particularly poignant to hear, that was a rough difficult time for every parent who has feared for a child.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for a quick education on what crime and crime-fighting was like in the mob era. My respect for the FBI grew by miles as I listened to what they had to put up with in those earlier days, and by realizing that today it's got to be a million times more complex and difficult.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "FBI Cases Revealed!"

    Corey M. Snow does a great job at narrating the stories appearing in this book. Although it starts out a little wooden-sounding, you quickly get in to what the FBI had to deal with when trying to "clean up" America! Snow is able to bring these stories to life!

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    Freedom Salt Lake City, U 08-18-14
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    "Perfect Audiobook for the History of the FBI"
    What made the experience of listening to True Stories from the Files of the FBI the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the fact these are true stories. Many of the cases I did not know how they ended. I liked how the author presented facts as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all of the characters. One of my favorite sections was about the Barker-Karpis Gang. Nicely done!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene or section of the book that I was my favorite was the foreword by Paul B. Skousen. I felt that really set the scene and the pace for the entire book. The "clean up America" part was nicely done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really had a different time with what happened in the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping. Have a young kid of my own what happened really hit home.


    Any additional comments?

    True Stories from the Files of the FBI is a wonderful listen. Corey Snow did a great job. It is one of the best true crime books out there.

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    Mr. Mitt 08-13-14
    Mr. Mitt 08-13-14
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    "Best True Crime Story!"
    Would you listen to True Stories from the Files of the FBI again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this book. The detail of what happened and what formed the FBI was very interesting. I understand this book is pro FBI but with some portions used as a training manual I understand that. Each of the stories from Killer Kinnie Wagner to Baby Face Nelson had new information that I did not know.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What really struck me was the Charles Lindbergh kidnapping. That was a horrible story. I always questions if the case was ever solved but with the evidence provided it made it so I have a good understanding of what happened.


    What about Corey M. Snow’s performance did you like?

    Corey is a true professional narrator. His voice drew me in. He has the perfect voice for a non-fiction book like this.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I loved all of the facts from each of the cases. I learned a lot about the background from some of the most interesting criminals in history. This is a great listen!


    Any additional comments?

    I would not hesitate to listen to this book again for give it to a friend. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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