Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde
In Go D ...more
”We're going down, down in an earlier round
And Sugar, we're going down swinging
I'll be your number one with a bullet
A loaded god complex, cock it and pull it
We're going down, down (down, down)
Down, down (down, down)
We're going down, down (down, down)
A loaded god complex, cock it and pull it.”
---Sugar, We are Going Down by Fall Out Boy
The first time I met Bonnie and Clyde, they looked like this. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty 1967.
John Dillinger has always been my favorite Depression Era gang ...more
That was until now. While I was reading this book over the last few days I could not help going online to look at all the images. The famous image of her,Bonnie pointing a gun to him, Clyde. I love his little laugh and can see on this photo why she fell in love with him.
This book has made me want to know all about th ...more
I’m far from being an expert on Bonnie & Clyde, so I can’t evaluate this against any other works on the pair. But it certainly seems like Guinn did a lot of research, and used it to very good effect. Unsurprisingly, there’s no Hollywood glamour in the story; yet for a tale of two largely inept, ineffective small-time criminals, it’s a remarkably dramatic and even moving story.
The element of inevitable doom in Bonnie & Clyde’s tale p ...more
There's always been a certain glamour attached to the celebrity criminals of this era - Bonnie and Clyde themselves, John Dillinger, Pret ...more
The author graphically depicts the grinding poverty of the 20s and 30s which drove many to petty c ...more
A recent History Channel movie on Bonnie and Clyde
re-piqued my interest in 'what really happened'.
The infamous couple sparked a media sensation in the
early 1930s and every few years since there is some
type of new show or book focusing on a particular
aspect of their short, bloody, flamboyant criminal
The challenge with a sensational story is that it
generates sensational coverage. It's easy for
someone to make a buck with a headline. I think
the official title for the popular 1968
Warren Beat ...more
Any reader of True Crime knows that some True Crime books will read a lot like fiction and some are more if not all fact based. This book is all fact based. It list a lot of dates, times, places etc.. so it can take a little longer to read. The Kindle edition at least is 366 pages long then there is about 40% or so of the book that is all source information. I read the boo ...more
The only problem is, it's Bonnie and Clyde. Essentially, these were two small-time crooks who were incapable of robbing anything more sophisticated than a gas station or a food store. Clyde, the leader, was a poor planner, when he planned at all, and put everyone around him at risk countless times, while Bonnie went along for ...more
All those who read Guinn's account of Bonnie and Clyde were impressed by the unprecedented level of detail he brings to the story. But a few seemed to think that all of Guinn's data got in the way of the chase. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel admitted that the level of detail posed the book's "only problem," while acknowledging that "the legend still stands under its own power." Indeed, reviewers were generally pleased by Guinn's ability to add new layers to Bonnie and Clyde's brief, hardscrabble...more
Quite a bit different from the movie. But, as Jeff Guinn notes, see the movie as entertainment not history or biography.
I think when I started this book I wasn't that sure about it but I got really engaged in Guinn's writing. I ...more
In the end their demise was foreseen by even them but it w ...more
I liked that the author portrayed Bonnie and Clyde as multi-faceted individuals rather than as the one-dimensional crime figures of popular American crime lore. Although Sheriff Smoot Schmid (I did not make that up) gets the keystone cops dunce ...more
I commend the author for taking a wider view at times (how they sparked public attention and interest, influencing movies and fiction) but would also zoom into the effects of their victims and famil ...more
I see that some have criticized it here for including too many details. That didn't bother me. If you set out to write the most thorough account of their lives, that's what you must do. Unless some new information is uncovered, I don't think this one will be topped.
The book begins with Clyde’s origins, his birth in 1910 in the farming ...more
This is the time, by best accounts, between the first and final shots fired by the posse of lawmen at the Ford V-8 driven by Clyde Barrow with his partner Bonnie Parker in the passenger seat on the morning of May 23rd 1934.
We all know how the story ends, I knew going in how the story was going to end, but that small fact, that miniscule span of time still hit me like a punch to the chest. People have criticized Jeff Guinn for adding too many details to the book, making it more a ...more
Clyde’s ill-planned robberies netted precious little funds, barely enough to cover gas, food, clothing and board. He flitted from one crappy non-lucrative, ill-planned robbery to the next. Knocking over a gas station here, an general store there, maybe a small bank, always dreaming of scoring big and instead coming home with in some cases pennies for his risk a ...more
Guinn tells of Clyde Barrow’s and Bonnie Parker’s childhoods in the poverty-stricken slums of West Dallas. Clyde hoped to be a professional musician, and Bonnie dreamt of being a famous a ...more