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Dillinger's Wild Ride

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Elliot Gorn examines the significance of Dillinger's fame and the endurance of his legacy. In Dillinger’s Wild Ride: The Year that Made America's Public Enemy Number One, he explains that Dillinger's story reveals an American fascination with outlaws, violence, and crime, and shows how America was transformed by the Great Depression.

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Elliot Gorn

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Comments [2]

Sandra from Astoria, Queens

In general, I hate America's glorification of gangsters--they're the ultimate capitalists, willing to commit any atrocity for a buck.

But I have a soft spot for Depression-era bankrobbers! I guess in an age when banks were screwing over the public, I wouldn’t mind the public screwing over the banks.

"Some rob you with a six-gun and some with a fountain pen," indeed.

Wish we had some Pretty Boy Floyds in today’s age of bank bailouts, stealing back the money from Goldman Sachs...

Jul. 15 2009 01:28 PM
Horace Jones from Bklyn

Why did the movie show Baby Face Nelson as the cliche: a psycho with a moll. In fact he was a family man who travelled with is wife and mom and kids?

Jul. 15 2009 11:13 AM

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