Bonnie and Clyde: The Lives Behind the Legend
True 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.
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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.
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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. Though the results sometimes read as dry recitations of names and indistinguishable small towns, she makes perceptive guesses about what drove them and why they have become iconic figures, along with retracing their early lives, two-year crime spree, and subsequent transformations into doomed pop-culture antiheroes. Blumenthal also wrenchingly portrays the desperation that their displaced, impoverished families must have felt while pointedly showing how an overtaxed, brutal legal system can turn petty offenders into violent ones.
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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.