Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde
In Go D ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The author graphically depicts the grinding poverty of the 20s and 30s which drove many to petty c ...more
In the end their demise was foreseen by even them but it w ...more
The author takes us on a real page-turning adventure of two people on their way to certain self-distruction. There is enough back-story to enable you to g ...more
This book is w ...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 was exceptionally well researched and drew from a l ...more
I've had a deep interest in the lives of Bonnie and Clyde ever since I was 10, and I've read many a story about the pair, mostly in crime magazines and other articles over the years This is the first book written exclusively about the crime duo that I have read, so I'm not an authority on the subject, but I must say this is a riveting, thorough piece of work that not only depicts the life and crimes of B&C, but also the devotion of their respective families and the h ...more