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Not Just Our Time: "The Year Of Fear"

Minotaur Books

  We attach a certain level of cinematic romance to the gangsters of the Prohibition era. 

But they were just as scary in their time as our drug cartels and their operatives are today. 

And Joe Urschel gives us an idea of just how scary in his book The Year of Fear

The year in question is 1933, a critical turning point year, both because Prohibition ended and because it was a year in which the FBI began coming into its own as a major force. 

Urschel, the executive director of the National Law Enforcement Museum, visits The Exchange.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.