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About the Author

Blanche Caldwell Barrow was the wife of Marvin "Buck" Barrow and the sister-in-law of Clyde Barrow. Buck and Blanche were part of the Barrow Gang from late March 1933 until their capture on July 24, 1933.

John Neal Phillips is a writer-photographer living in Dallas, Texas.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; New edition edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806137150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806137155
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Rick "Mad Dog" Mattix on November 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
At one time I thought the last thing the world needed was one more book on Bonnie and Clyde. The sixty years following their deaths saw hundreds of articles, a dozen or more books, millions of words printed about the infamous duo and the Barrow gang, all adding varying degrees of old, new, and contradictory information. Then came John Neal Phillips, whose "Running With Bonnie and Clyde" brought the story into new focus through his own extensive interviews with many of the leading participants. It was, it seemed, an historical breakthrough we weren't likely to see again as they're all dead. But Phillips has surpassed himself now by uncovering the first true inside account of the Barrow gang in the form of the prison memoirs of Blanche Barrow. It's a tragic, harrowing, haunting story of family life on the run, full of surprises and rounded out with a superb collection of Blanche's own photos (most seen here for the first time) and Phillips' own research and extensive endnotes. You just can't get any closer to the real Barrow gang than this.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By James R. Knight on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just finished my advanced copy of "My Life With Bonnie and Clyde." It has been 36 hours since I got it from the mail box. Sorry I took so long. Why the rush, you might ask. One reason. In the small world of serious researchers and writers who deal with the famous Texas Depression Era outlaw lovers, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, there are only two groups - John Neal Phillips, and all the rest of us. On this subject, anything with John's name on it automatically becomes "required reading." Nobody has studied them longer. Nobody knows them better.

In the spirit of full disclosure, let me say up front that I consider John Phillips a friend, and I hope he considers me a colleague. Many Emails have passed between us, beginning during the time I was preparing my own book "Bonnie and Clyde: A 21st Century Update," for which his first book, "Running With Bonnie and Clyde" was a absolutely essential source, and later as John was trying to unravel Blanche Barrow's manuscript and answer some of the questions that arose from it. We share a love of the process of research and a desire to solve more of the little mysteries that may help make some sense out of a story that seems like a senseless tragedy. John has taught me to be tenacious in research, meticulous in documentation, and generous in sharing the results. But enough of this personal testimonial! Is the book any good?

Those who know and appreciate the level of scholarship of John's first book will not be disappointed. The voice is that of Blanche Barrow, writing from her prison room, and trying to come to terms with her life - particularly the 107 days she spent running for her life with Bonnie and Clyde which ended with four men dead - three lawmen and finally her own husband - and herself in prison.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Lee Cleven on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this historical autobiography deftly completed by one of the finest writers and experts on Bonnie & Clyde: John Neal Philips. His previous work is a definite must-read as well: Running With Bonnie and Clyde. It was through his first book that I learned whatever became of Blanche Barrow. I had often wondered and he has now completed her story and what a fine job he has done in completing an autobiography which Blanche Barrow wrote while in prison. He had only a handwritten first draft but Mr. Philips cites Blanche Barrow as the author and gives himself the title of "Editor". If you want an academic tome of the only member of the Barrow Gang who went on to live a life away from crime, this book is the one. It is thorougly researched with endnotes to read while reading the book itself (and it is more enjoyable to read it in that manner) then this book is the one. I do agree that it is also well worthwhile to also read "Running With Bonnie And Clyde" which provides a first hand account by a former gang member named Ralph Fults. John Neal Philips did a superb job in finding those still alive who knew Bonnie and Clyde and Blanche is also interviewed and quoted in his first book. Mr. Philips is thorough in his research and never relies on tabloid style rumours which others who have written about these Depression Era Outlaws have published as fact. He treats Blanche Barrow with dignity and respect and had she lived to see this book go to press, I believe she'd have been very grateful.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gary O'neal on December 3, 2007
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I really enjoyed reading this book. However, you must keep in mind that it was told by one of the participants and that self image and self preservation were apparent in telling her side of the story. I would advise doing what I did. I read the Knight book, "Bonnie & Clyde, a Twenty-First Century Update" and the John Neal Phillips book "Running with Bonnie and Clyde" at the same time as this one. I think by combining and sifting through the information in all three, you can come away with a pretty clear picture of these peoples lives.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Gasak on September 28, 2006
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Incredible book! Great fun to read. I enjoyed the historical facts. Such as constant references to the time period. A vivid insight into the early days. The characters were real. If you enjoy anylizing a good read this is for you. This book really gave me a sense of the times. These people will illicit a range of emotions from pity, loathing, revulsion, sadness, grief. I strongly recommend. Especially if you have an interest in history with a personal touch.
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