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.
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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)
The stories kept me so captivated that I didn't realize I was learning American history!
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!
Magnificent job. His voice matches the era of "the greatest generation," during which these stories take place. Excellent delivery.
American Exceptionalism - Fights and victories which demonstrate the reliability of the American form of government and its people.
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.
Ranks in my personal top seven (top 10 is too cliche).
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.
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.
Dive into the FBI files of the individuals behind the headlines of the 1930's.
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.
this book is in the top 10 of all the audiobooks I have listened to so far.
These stories are true stories from someone that worked for the FBI
Corey M. Snow. read true stories from the FBI files.so there was no character but the story of Kenny Wagner was really interesting
the stories kept me very interested.
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.
He brought a lot of the characters to life.
I haven't, but I will now.
Mobsters crime and intrigue.
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.
Best true crime book
Being a fan of Dillinger, I appreciated the background and the new facts I learned regarding him.
Killer Kinnie Wagner
FBI Agent in training
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.
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.
I enjoyed Ma Barker and the Gang the most, riveting listening.
The Lindbergh kidnapping was particularly poignant to hear, that was a rough difficult time for every parent who has feared for a child.
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.
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!
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 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.
Corey is a true professional narrator. His voice drew me in. He has the perfect voice for a non-fiction book like this.
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!
I would not hesitate to listen to this book again for give it to a friend. Well done!
These stories told the "behind" story of what really happened in these gangster stories. We all know the general story but these stories filled in details. The stories were told in such a way that I really felt involved in the story.
This book makes me want to learn more about other cases and situations.
A level of drama I wasn't expecting. Excellent rendition and enjoyable to listen to. The information for the most part is delivered in story form and just catches your interest.
Nothing particularly "wrong". The narrator does pronounce the word penitentiary in what I thought was an odd way... but this wasn't wrong... just different.
Only other comment is that the audible announcement of the chapters did not coincide with the visual chapter heading.on my tablet. Thru me off a bit. All in all this was a very intriguing book and very well delivered. I'm glad I listened to it and would like to perhaps see another book offered along the same lines! Well done!
Yes. The stories are intriguing and would appeal to anyone interested in US history or the drama that surrounds criminals and their crimes.
Listening to the to the details surrounding the heartbreaking story of Charles Lindberghs child's kidnapping.
None come to mind, but each story I found myself caught up in as if I was there.
I normally listen to books on long drives. I listened to the entire book on two trips.
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