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Family Story of Bonnie and Clyde, The Paperback – February 22, 2000
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From the Back Cover
Perhaps the most infamous couple in the history of the United States, Bonnie and Clyde have become a part of American folklore, yet their true story--their family story--has remained elusive . . . until now.
Marie Barrow Scoma, Clyde Barrow's youngest sister, felt that no book, film, article, or video told the Barrow Gang story completely or accurately. Collaborating with Philip Steele to tell the true tale, she offered not only her personal insight and opinions, but also previously unpublished photographs and her mother's diary, which had never before been seen by anyone outside of the Barrow family.
The result is a revelatory reminiscence that sheds dramatic new light on Bonnie and Clyde's exploits.
Western writer Phillip W. Steele, past board member of the Arkansas History Commission, serves as president of the National Outlaw and Lawman History Association. A member of the Western Writers of America, he also is president and founder of the James Younger Gang. Steele's other books include Starr Tracks: Belle and Pearl Starr, The Last Cherokee Warriors, Civil War in the Ozarks, Ozark Tales and Superstitions, The Many Faces of Jesse James, Jesse and Frank James: The Family History, and Outlaws and Gunfighters of the Old West. All are published by Pelican.
As Marie Barrow Scoma neared the completion of this project, she died unexpectedly, at the age of 81. The Family Story of Bonnie and Clyde stands as her testament to separate fact from fiction.
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Top Customer Reviews
Having read the majority of material published about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, I was disappointed that this book offered very little new information or sincere insight into their lives, deaths and motivation. E. R. Milner's "The Lives & Times of Bonnie & Clyde" still remains the epitome biography of the deadly duo. Milner confronts rumor, speculation and legend and delivers the unveiled truth. Scoma and P.W. Steele offer no justification for fact and often cushion the deadly blows dealt out by these two killers (as would be expected when a beloved family member tells the tale).
Obviously, the spotlight lingers on Clyde throughout the book, leaving the reader with much less of an insight on Bonnie than other publications have. This is unfortunate because if Clyde was the mastermind of the Barrow gang, the force behind the violence, Bonnie was the spirit which documented it in her personal writings and communication with her mother and sister (most of this missing in "Family").
Sadly enough, when the reader finishes this book, his or her mind will linger on the photographs ... the haunted look of love and desparation on the faces of the killer's mothers ... the poverty ridden historical sites connected with the duo ... and the casual, sometimes delightful, poses by two of America's most deadly yet fascinating lovers. Their images may be here within these pages, but their spirit, albeit evil, lies elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Phillip Steele evidently spent time and time on researching this book. He footnotes where info comes from so you are not reading something dreamed up by a writer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marilyn Darnall
Having been co-authored by Clyde Barrow's younger sister, Marie Barrow Scoma, I expected this book to provide more intimate details about the notorious criminals. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cindy
There is a lot of new information in this book,from a family perspective,my heart goes out to mrs barrow and her husband,when I was reading this I thought of a mother with her out... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by GARY W. LANDRUM
This a great book. It a really easy book to read .The book was co written by Clyde sister. The book took less than 2 days to read on my Kindle but if you are looking for a good... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Carie Biggs
Obviously, you expect family members to gloss over some painful facts, but this book is just terrible. The incidents described are completely wrong factually. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Eric Hillman
trying to protect their rep. but interesting from their point of view. I know from some of "go down Together" the law enforcement had a good bit to do with his downward... Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Aja J. Mctyre
I would recommend reading this book as it gives the view point of the Barrow family. The book provides the story of the family struggling to find decent life in Texas. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by JSJ