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Shelves: history , crime Most Filipinos still look up to America as their savior. However, the military bases treaty was rejected by the Philippine Senate in September and so the dreams of many young men to have a chance to join the US navy just ceased.
My brother was one of those who were fortunate Most Filipinos still look up to America as their savior. My brother was one of those who were fortunate to get the nod of the navy screening officers in July , six months after the EDSA revolution.
We grew up loving everything American. I used to look forward to those trips to the bases because those were the only times I could have some Pringles, marshmallow, corned beef and other imported goods that were not available outside the military bases. Part of that love for everything American was not only limited to their grocery items. We also imbibed their culture: music, fashion, books and even films. Even up to now, we flock to the bookstores during the release of famous American books or still stay tuned to National Book Awards or Pulitzer and buy and read their nominated and winning books.
We still look at the list of New York Times Bestsellers that one of the bookstore chains in the country visibly posts in their outlets. We still watch Oscar-award nominated and winning movies.
Oh I loved Hollywood. Watching the Oscars used to be the most-awaited annual event for me while growing up. This includes watching everything they create including gangster films. In , for example, Warner Bros. The three parts of the series made a record in the Oscars as the only trilogy that each part was nominated in the Oscar Best Picture award. Only the first two won. I loved those gangster films. I still vividly remember how Bonnie and Clyde looked like in that movie and the final scene before they died.
I enjoyed and held my breath while watching Butch and his partner got cornered and died. This book, Public Enemies chronicles the founding and the rise to power of the most-admired and most-feared by the criminals organization in the US — the FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation.
No history of FBI, of course, can be said without mentioning its first director, J. Edgar Hoover He was still its chief when he died in He had some excesses and it is for this reason why FBI directors now are limited to year terms. The characters in those works suffered a lot because of poverty: lack of job, lack of food. Some resourceful elements in the society, on the other hand, did not wait for them to die hungry.
Pretty Boy Floyd , an American bank robber, was said to be have only been a victim of hard times. The Depression era gave birth not only to Floyd but to a flurry of criminal gangs carrying out large numbers of bank robberies especially in the Midwest. They outran and outsmarted the FBI organization, while in its infantile stage, by having superior firepower and fast getaway cars. For example, the book says that Bonnie was not good in handling guns, what made him escape the police each time was his excellent driving skills.
He crossed states that made his crimes, federal. He was charged for a murder of a police office but was not convicted.
He was jailed twice but escaped twice too. He and his partner, Baby Face Nelson are on the centerfold in this book and I could not help myself be in awe and admire the clever moves and thinking of this duo. I know that doing those crimes is unlawful and not worthy of admiration. Then having those well-made films really completes the picture of this boyhood fantasy because they appear more sincere than the computer-enhanced camera tricks that we see in action films nowadays.
Filipinos had neither Dust Bowl nor Depression Era in its history because we are always depressed. I wish somebody make an indie film that will include all those boyhood crime heroes and let them kill each other carambola style.
Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34
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