Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde

by Jeff Guinn

Simon & Schuster | March 10, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
Forget everything you think you know about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Previous books and films, including the brilliant 1967 movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, have emphasized the supposed glamour of America's most notorious criminal couple, thus contributing to ongoing mythology. The real story is completely different -- and far more fascinating.

In Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, bestselling author Jeff Guinn combines exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material to tell the real tale of two kids from a filthy Dallas slum who fell in love and then willingly traded their lives for a brief interlude of excitement and, more important, fame. Their timing could not have been better -- the Barrow Gang pulled its first heist in 1932 when most Americans, reeling from the Great Depression, were desperate for escapist entertainment. Thanks to newsreels, true crime magazines, and new-fangled wire services that transmitted scandalous photos of Bonnie smoking a cigar to every newspaper in the nation, the Barrow Gang members almost instantly became household names on a par with Charles Lindbergh, Jack Dempsey, and Babe Ruth. In the minds of the public, they were cool, calculating bandits who robbed banks and killed cops with equal impunity.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. Clyde and Bonnie were perhaps the most inept crooks ever, and their two-year crime spree was as much a reign of error as it was of terror. Lacking the sophistication to plot robberies of big-city banks, the Barrow Gang preyed mostly on small mom-and-pop groceries and service stations. Even at that, they often came up empty-handed and were reduced to breaking into gum machines for meal money. Both were crippled, Clyde from cutting off two of his toes while in prison and Bonnie from a terrible car crash caused by Clyde's reckless driving. Constantly on the run from the law, they lived like animals, camping out in their latest stolen car, bathing in creeks, and dining on cans of cold beans and Vienna sausages. Yet theirs was a genuine love story. Their devotion to each other was as real as their overblown reputation as criminal masterminds was not.

Go Down Together has it all -- true romance, rebellion against authority, bullets flying, cars crashing, and, in the end, a dramatic death at the hands of a celebrity lawman hired to hunt them down. Thanks in great part to surviving Barrow and Parker family members and collectors of criminal memorabilia who provided Jeff Guinn with access to never-before-published material, we finally have the real story of Bonnie and Clyde and their troubled times, delivered with cinematic sweep and unprecedented insight by a masterful storyteller.

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Published: March 10, 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

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ISBN - 13: 9781416557180

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best! By far the best book yet on this duo, Jeff Guinn really goes the limit with his research. Not only does he consult first hand accounts including family members, he gives a rare look at the time period to ensure the reader an understanding of the motive behind the crimes. While we may only have a mythological view, thanks to bad movies, of Clyde and Bonnie, this book will dispel the shadows with a straight forward and non judgemental account. In fact I would consider this the authority about their demise. It also includes the history of the family and friends that were left behind, some doing jail time (Clyde and Bonnie's mothers for instance) for harbouring criminals!
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping from Cover to Cover! I had never read a biography of Bonnie and Clyde before. I just knew, or thought I knew, who they were. In this excellent book, the author recounts not only the lives and times of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, which are of course the main focus, but also of their parents, siblings, friends and partners-in-crime. He does a superb job of setting the scene – Great Depression, Dust Bowl – and shows how, for so many people, hard work often did not suffice to earn them even a meager living during these hard times, let alone raise a family. The author relates how Clyde and Bonnie grew up, met, and how they wound up in a life of crime together. Their qualities and shortcomings are also well portrayed, e.g., generosity towards loved ones, devotion towards faithful friends, compassion for those working hard to survive, obsession with fairness, their love and respect for one another and, of course, Clyde’s reflex to shoot anyone who shot at him first (Bonnie never hurt anyone). Eventually, the reader gets to be fond of these charming, colorful villains, which makes it all the more sad to read about the inevitable – how they died together. The writing style is clear, friendly, authoritative, widely accessible and incredibly engaging. When there is some uncertainty or controversy about certain dates, places or events, the author does not hesitate to point this out. Amply referenced with almost sixty pages of endnotes and a full bibliography, this thrilling page-turner can be enjoyed by anyone.
Date published: 2009-06-08

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Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde

by Jeff Guinn

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 10, 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416557180

ISBN - 13: 9781416557180

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Forget everything you think you know about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Previous books and films, including the brilliant 1967 movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, have emphasized the supposed glamour of America's most notorious criminal couple, thus contributing to ongoing mythology. The real story is completely different -- and far more fascinating.

In Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, bestselling author Jeff Guinn combines exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material to tell the real tale of two kids from a filthy Dallas slum who fell in love and then willingly traded their lives for a brief interlude of excitement and, more important, fame. Their timing could not have been better -- the Barrow Gang pulled its first heist in 1932 when most Americans, reeling from the Great Depression, were desperate for escapist entertainment. Thanks to newsreels, true crime magazines, and new-fangled wire services that transmitted scandalous photos of Bonnie smoking a cigar to every newspaper in the nation, the Barrow Gang members almost instantly became household names on a par with Charles Lindbergh, Jack Dempsey, and Babe Ruth. In the minds of the public, they were cool, calculating bandits who robbed banks and killed cops with equal impunity.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. Clyde and Bonnie were perhaps the most inept crooks ever, and their two-year crime spree was as much a reign of error as it was of terror. Lacking the sophistication to plot robberies of big-city banks, the Barrow Gang preyed mostly on small mom-and-pop groceries and service stations. Even at that, they often came up empty-handed and were reduced to breaking into gum machines for meal money. Both were crippled, Clyde from cutting off two of his toes while in prison and Bonnie from a terrible car crash caused by Clyde's reckless driving. Constantly on the run from the law, they lived like animals, camping out in their latest stolen car, bathing in creeks, and dining on cans of cold beans and Vienna sausages. Yet theirs was a genuine love story. Their devotion to each other was as real as their overblown reputation as criminal masterminds was not.

Go Down Together has it all -- true romance, rebellion against authority, bullets flying, cars crashing, and, in the end, a dramatic death at the hands of a celebrity lawman hired to hunt them down. Thanks in great part to surviving Barrow and Parker family members and collectors of criminal memorabilia who provided Jeff Guinn with access to never-before-published material, we finally have the real story of Bonnie and Clyde and their troubled times, delivered with cinematic sweep and unprecedented insight by a masterful storyteller.