Go Down Together : The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde Paperback
by Jeff Guinn
From the moment they first cut a swathe of crime across 1930s America, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker have been glamorised in print, on screen and in legend.
The reality of their brief and catastrophic lives is very different -- and far more fascinating.
Combining exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material, author Jeff Guinn tells the real story of two youngsters 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.
Thanks in great part to surviving relatives of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who provided Guinn with access to never-before-published family documents and photographs, this book reveals the truth behind the myth, told with cinematic sweep and unprecedented insight by a master storyteller.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages, 16pp b-w photographs
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/04/2010
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9781847391766
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Review by aadyer
An excellent description of dust bowl, and depression era America. A lot of insight into the "public enemy era" which seemed to last for most of the early 30's. Bonnie and Clyde's upbringing and their early experiences are dealt with well, describing how and why they became the way that they did (ie narcissitic and fame coveting). Their actual lifestyle and experience was very different from Warren Beaty's film. It was certainly not glamorous and not comfortable. Their personal injuries are dealt with in some gruesome detail, which might be a bit much for some, but I think that anyone with an interest in fame, crime, celebrity culture (of whatever era), gangesters, gunfights and car chases is going to like this. Just don't ever, ever upset Mr Frank Hamer. The man who brought down Bonnie & Clyde was one of the hardest law men I've heard of. Recommended with one caveat, there is some exhaustative detail here, you must get past that, but overall, very enjoyable