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Outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were Depression-era pop cultural icons whose careers Scoma, Clyde's sister, and writer Steele recount. Although they tred lightly over questions concerning Clyde's sexual orientation, theirs is a comprehensive, very readable true-crime effort. It is replete with copious illustrations, for Bonnie, Clyde, and troupe were shutterbugs with a flair for striking poses, and all the familiar shots of them, such as the one of Bonnie holding a gat on Clyde, are here. Less well known candid shots, many recording furtive family get-togethers from the storied gangsters' days on the run, appear, too, and such snapshots capture the couple's legendary physical attractiveness far better than the starker, more familiar ones do. The accounts of the duo's dastardly exploits are rather restrained, which is a pleasant surprise in a true-crime opus, one that lends credibility to it. An excellent blend of regional and pop cultural history, as well as a comprehensive look at a couple of American notables, this is a standout effort. Mike Tribby
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with Philip Steele to tell the true tale, she offered not only her personal insight and opinions, but also previously unpublished photographs and her mother's diary, which had never before been seen by anyone outside of the Barrow family.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.See all Editorial 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 1 month 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 2 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 20 months ago 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 20 months ago 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 23 months ago 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