Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde
In Go ...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 ...more
I started to list here all the things I learned from this book, but then I realized that would be spoiling things for everyone else. I decided I'm just going to stick to the main ...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 ...more
I highly recommend the audio; superb narration. ...more
Im far from being an expert on Bonnie & Clyde, so I cant 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, theres no Hollywood glamour in the story; yet for a tale of two largely inept, ineffective small-time criminals, its a remarkably dramatic and even moving story.
The element of inevitable doom in Bonnie & Clydes tale ...more
This is from a poem written by Bonnie Parker, shortly before the fatal ambush on her and Clyde Barrow in May of 1934. Bonnie wrote many poems during her time spent with Clyde. Most of them weren't very good ...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
The author graphically depicts the grinding poverty of the 20s and 30s which drove many to petty ...more
There's always been a certain glamour attached to the celebrity criminals of this era - Bonnie and Clyde themselves, John Dillinger, ...more
However, fantastic the 1967 film was, it romanticized the ...more
I found it to be true to life, showing and telling us how the outlaws were not so slick all the time, and it cost them dearly at times. Not the super criminals some folks made them out to be, but just learning as they went, and screwing up their fair share of the time. Their so-called glamorous ...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 ...more
Jeff Guinn's GO DOWN TOGETHER, The TRUE, UNTOLD STORY of BONNIE and CLYDE
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - June 14-28, 2019
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I, like many people, might've 1st heard tell of Bonnie & Clyde when the Arthur Penn movie about them came out in 1967. It's unlikely that I witnessed this movie in a theater at the time because I was 13 most of that yr & had very limited access to theaters. There were none w/in walking ...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
Book opens up with the exploits and highlights of Bonnie and Clyde 's teenage years before they met and were growing up in poor families during the Depression era. Eventually there is love at first sight and the worst luck of any two bank robbers I've ever heard of during this period. Clyde really didn't want to hurt anyone. I dont know if he thought police officers didn't count since they never protected him? And Bonnie was so in love she did whatever Clyde told her. She didn't leave ...more
Both hailing from incredibly poverty stricken backgrounds the Barrows ...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
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
Guinn is also the bestselling author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including, but not limited to: Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde (which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010); The Last ...more