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Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde Paperback – Bargain Price, March 9, 2010
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Guinn is very serious about his subjects, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. He fills 82 pages with notes, bibliography and acknowledgments. It was his good fortune that he secured access to two previously unpublished manuscripts by family members. Guinn acknowledges that the historical record of the infamous pair is incomplete and cluttered with lies, exaggerations, questionable recollections and much else that isn't true.
Clyde and Bonnie - the way the pair was known until the movie - were children of poverty. Though most impoverished kids made it out of their West Dallas slum neighborhood without robbing a corner grocery or killing someone, Clyde Barrow didn't. Petty thefts and stealing cars became a way of life for the poor boy and he was packed off to prison.
Texas wasn't a congenial state to the poor in the 1930s. (What state was?) The agricultural markets had collapsed followed by the financial markets and the economy as a whole. Social mobility wasn't what it is today: back then, if you were born poor, you generally stayed poor. Texas prisons were harsh environments and young Clyde Barrow was assigned to Eastham, a farm run from the notorious Huntsville prison. There he was continually raped by another prisoner. Clyde demonstrated his outlook on life by murdering the perpetrator.
Released from prison, Clyde put together a "gang" that was incredibly inept.Read more ›
Guinn takes care not to excuse their crimes, but I think his reading of their story is persuasive -- that they were two people from a doomed underclass who were unable to accept the long years of misery and deprivation that would ordinarily have been their fate.
He also does a good job of placing them in the context of 1930s crime -- yes, like John Dillinger they (at least occasionally) robbed banks, but they were worlds apart. Dillinger had access to a world of sophisticated criminal contacts. Many of his robberies were set-up jobs in which the banks were in on the deal. He had access to hideouts in "safe" towns like St. Paul and Hot Springs, connections to serious organized crime, doctors who could be trusted, and a whole network of highly experienced and capable confederates.
Bonnie and Clyde were just two kids from the very wrong side of the tracks. They had large and loyal families, but other than that, they were pretty much on their own.Read more ›
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This book was bigger than what I was expecting so it took me longer to finish but I loved every minute of it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Alicecain36
I just finished this book for the second time, and I enjoyed the read better than the first one. I've long been an enthusiast of 1930s crime books and articles and have read almost... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Greg Rickard
Very interesting book! I recommend.Published 1 month ago by Francisco Eduardo Ferraz Alves dos Santos
I love this book it's very informative and gives history facts you can not find in a text book in class. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel lane
A good book, but his Tombstone book was better. I still recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Hello
I've only glanced through this book but what I have read is a somewhat different story about Bonnie & Clyde than the one that Clyde's baby sister Marie wrote & the book written by... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Connie Cat Mom
Weirdly enough as an avid true crime readerI have never been much interested in the story of Bonnie and Clyde. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marlene Meijer