Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff GuinnTrue crime meets true love in this lyrical retelling of the Bonnie and Clyde legend. Pretty Bonnie Parker is slinging hash in a Texas cafe, waiting for her husband to finish his prison term, when bad boy Clyde Barrow drives into town. Soon enough, it's a life of crime for both of them. Anyone who's seen Arthur Penn's classic movie knows the story, and Brooks does little myth-busting here. Bonnie and Clyde spend two years ripping up the Southwest, hitting gas stations, mom-and-pop grocery stores and a few banks, and killing lawmen and bystanders along the way. Bonnie, who wasn't just a gangster's girlfriend but a for-real, pistol-packing mamma, was particularly newsworthy to an entertainment-starved audience, and the dangerous duo's celebrity status plays a big role in their tale. Brooks Pistolero ; The Stone Garden ; etc.
Bonnie and Clyde: The Lives Behind the Legend
Sign up for our newsletters! On one January night in , a young Bonnie Parker met Clyde Barrow when he showed up to visit one of her friends at their house. It was love at first sight when the aspiring actress and writer Bonnie met eyes with the skilled and charming Clyde Barrow. The two were completely taken with each other, but their relationship was far from ordinary. For four years, Bonnie and Clyde worked together fighting the law; causing chaos, committing crimes, and evading punishment while living a life on the run. Wanted for countless counts of murder, kidnapping and burglary, the two built up a lengthy criminal record, yet always managed to escape the punishment for it, avoiding their deaths on multiple strokes of sheer luck. Quickly, they became akin to legends, and society took note.
Rarely, however, have we embraced as rancid a pair of ne’er-do-wells as the bumbling Depression-era stickup artist Clyde Barrow and his girlfriend Bonnie Parker. The one to pick up is “Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” by Jeff Guinn, which is.
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Thank you! A portrait of two victims of the Great Depression whose taste for guns and fast cars led to short careers in crime but longer ones as legends. Blumenthal Hillary Rodham Clinton , , etc.
All those who read Guinn's account of Bonnie and Clyde were impressed by the unprecedented level of detail he brings to the story. But a few seemed to think that all of Guinn's data got in the way of the chase. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel admitted that the level of detail posed the book's "only problem," while acknowledging that "the legend still stands under its own power. Reviewers were particularly interested in the idea of the duo as heroes of the Great Depression, with obvious anxiety that that era might not seem so distant these days. Yes, reviewers are prone to provide enthusiastic reviews for a newspaper's books editor; yet Go Down Together is still a strong book. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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P erhaps it's recession chic or simply that time in the cultural cycle when a reassessment is due, but the tales of American gangsters from the Great Depression seem to be enjoying something of a mini-revival. Around the same time, The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, a biopic starring Hilary Duff, begins shooting on location in the southern states. And, 75 years after they were gunned down, Jeff Guinn has produced what claims to be the definitive biography of the infamous couple from Texas. Barrow was little more than a car thief whose crimes escalated more out of ineptitude than intention, while Parker was a dreamer with no real ambition other than a fatal desire to flee the drab limitations of her life. Together with Barrow's brother and assorted hangers-on, they killed as many as 10 people, nearly all as a result of botched robberies or resisting arrest. Yet, answering an insatiable hunger for escapism and drama, they were fashioned into major outlaws by the press, public and not least the couple themselves.