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My Life with Bonnie and Clyde

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Bonnie and Clyde were responsible for multiple murders and countless robberies. But they did not act alone. In 1933, during their infamous run from the law, Bonnie and Clyde were joined by Clyde’s brother Buck Barrow and his wife Blanche. Of these four accomplices, only one—Blanche Caldwell Barrow—lived beyond early adulthood and only Blanche left behind a written account ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published 2004)
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Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bonnie and Clyde terrorised a huge swathe of Southern United States during the early thirties until their violent deaths in an ambush in Louisiana. For a certain length of time they had an almost legendary status as outlaws who fought the system. The publication of Bonnie's verses in particular gave them the aura of doomed lovers. By the time they were killed public opinion had turned against them largely owing to several violent murders. Still, Thousands turned out at their funerals. (You can s ...more
Julie Wilhoit
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Blanche Barrow is your typical good woman who loves a rough character. Reading this personal story by Blanche gave me insight as to how a good girl could be led down a road of destruction she desperately wanted to avoid with her husband Buck. She fell in love with a convicted criminal who escaped from prison, turned himself in, did his time and came out to settle down with his loving wife. Enter Bonne and Clyde, who wanted Buck to travel along with them for "a rest with no danger to you or Blanc ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was very interesting coming from the view of someone that was there, every since I saw the movie by Warren Beatty...I was always curious about Blanche. Throughout her memoir she kept saying she and Buck would never hurt anyone...she repeated it OVER AND OVER AND OVER and how much she loved him OVER AND OVER. Pretty much got sick of reading it, but then again she wrote this while serving her prison time. She would not DARE say that she held up stores and banks, it would just get her into mor ...more
Jerome Peterson
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
My Life With Bonnie & Clyde
By Blanche Caldwell Barrow
Edited by John Neal Phillips
April 4, 2014

“Bonnie and Clyde were responsible for multiple murders and countless robberies. But they did not act alone. In 1933, during their infamous run from the law, Bonnie and Clyde were joined by Clyde’s brother, Buck Barrow and his wife, Blanche; of these four accomplices, only one-Blanche Caldwell Barrow-lived beyond early adulthood and she was the only one that left behind a written account of their es
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading Guinn's very excellent biography, I was looking forward to Blanche Barrow's first person account of their travels with Bonnie and Clyde. Where Guinn's narrative was intense, well researched and relentless, Blanche's was far more gentle and less detailed, much like the narrative of a person who was concentrating on only one aspect of the narrative. Indeed, her story is all about Buck and not really about herself at all, since it begins with their joining B&C in Joplin and ends t ...more
Dave Chautin
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You really feel like you are there with the gang. Plus I love the additional facts and history added by the editor. I'm pretty sure she loved Buck ;)
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I picked up the book wanting to read a first-hand experience of Bonnie and Clyde. I finished the book glad to have read a first-hand experience of Clyde and Buck (the “Barrow Brothers”.) Apparently many people were accomplices at one point or another with Bonnie and Clyde. I can’t compare other accomplices, but I have a newfound respect for Buck as an outlaw. Blanche herself didn’t seem to like Clyde or Bonnie, and she doesn’t really talk about them as much as one might expect, and it’s often ca ...more
Al Swanson
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hmmm... OK, so this is the true tale of Bonnie and Clyde and Blanche and Buck and sometimes WD. Taken from both the diaries or at least memoirs of Blanche Barrow along with editorial content from the editor, this is a pretty short book. The thing weighs in at about 300 pages, but more than half is footnotes or source notes or additional commentary. That's not a criticism, it just is what it is.
First, each chapter is prefaced by a few paragraphs by the editor, John Neal Phillips, which helps the
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
It seems to me that this book was written like a story. A story not centered on Blanche, but Buck. All i read every 2 pages was her statements of how much she loved Buck, and after a while of her claiming that she was going to commit suicide the feeling of what those words mean was lost. She was too repetitive for my taste and i really tired of her writing style. Her story wasn't necessarily all about Bonnie and Clyde, or at least I found that that it wasn't so i found the title of the book quit ...more
Dec 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: women
I'd been wanting to read this book since I saw the Bonnie and Clyde movie with Warren Beatty - why is there something so romantic about a bunch of lunatic kids shooting people over a few hundred dollars? Blanche Barrow, who wrote the memoir, was married to Clyde's brother Buck, and she was arrested and served several years in prison for her part in the robberies and murders that surrounded the gang. She wrote this book while she was in prison, and somebody named John Neal Phillips has heavily an ...more
Milky Mixer
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book makes a great companion to Jeff Guinn's "Go Down Together," which tells the complete story of Bonnie and Clyde. Here we have Blanche Barrow's story, told in her own words by way of a prison memoir rediscovered decades after she wrote it. Clyde's sister-in-law is perhaps the most tragic of all the Barrow gang, as she was no criminal and was only along for the ride because of her husband, Buck. I do agree with other reviewers who found the "flipping" between the memoir and the footnotes ...more
Becca Nark
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Half of the book is notations from the editor-keep in mind Blanche was only with the gang for a few months. While it is interesting to read the firsthand account of someone who was with Bonnie & Clyde- it is clear Blanche's perspective is not 100% reliable & is very biased in her favor. It seems clear much of it is written with keeping in mind it all could be used against her. And while Blanche acknowledges she chose to stay & takes responsibility for her (admitted) actions- it is a ...more
Denise Emily
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book simply because it is a firsthand story of how her life was with Bonnie and Clyde. Blanche was very detailed about the pain and suffering she experienced during her short life with the outlaws, as it was also very vividly heartbreaking to read what such a young girl went through purely for the sake of following and being with her husband. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know a true piece of experience as to what life was like with Bonnie and Clyde...this defin ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't continue reading the book. The book would be more bearable if the editor's notes were within the body of the text instead of in the back of the book. It's an easy read, if you can tolerate going back and forth, trying to remember where on the page you left off to read the notes in the back. I couldn't take it anymore. I don't want to waste my time reading something that seems to be someone's faulty memory of history, then reading the contradictions to her statements in the notes. ...more
Eddie Taylor
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. A lot of insight from someone who was "right there". Based upon other books and research, Blanche really tried to keep her story open and honest. John Neal Phillips does a great job describing the current events and what led up the many of the events that Blanche was engaged with. Especially enjoyed the "story after the story" that followed Blanche after leaving prison and to her death in 1988. So many great stories. Can't imagine having the wife of Buck Barrow as a Sunday School ...more
Andy Anderson
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Life on the road with Bonnie and Clyde was no picnic. Here is a first hand account of someone who was riding with them for 4 months. Killing, robbing, running and driving all night after most incidents. These were cold-blooded killers for the most part. Blanche Barrow tells her story and more during her time with Clyde, Bonnie and her husband Buck. The book also gives a glimpse of her life after prison and how she stayed out of the lime-light for the most part trying to rebuild her life and repu ...more
Aug 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
All I knew about Bonnie and Clyde was from the Warren Beatty/ Faye Dunaway movie. This was taken from the memoirs Blanche Barrow wrote while in prison. She was married to Clyde's older brother Buck. Of the four of them, she was the only one to survive. The other three were shot to death. Her writing was rough and rather dull, but I wanted to know her side of things. I think it's worth reading only if you have a real interest in the topic.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
A poignant tale of Blanche's love for her husband Buck (Clyde's brother) and the tragedy his love for his brother brought about. Written in prison after Buck's death and her capture, it covers the crazy months she and Buck were on the run with Bonnie and Clyde. It's a heartbreaking tale of love and loss.
Barbara Button
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Biographies aren't my genre usually, but this one fascinated me. I found myself really digging into the details by referencing the chronology and footnotes as I was trying to envision the events. I learned from this book that it doesn't have to be perfect to be published. Interesting perspective on the depression era.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very wild ride. An inside look into the crimes of Bonnie and Clyde and the woman who was swept up in it. A very gripping, personal story of Blanche Barrow. To be honest I found myself sympathizing with Blanche.
Royce Ratterman
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this book of immense interest.
Read for pleasure and for personal research.
Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast.
I found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs.
Blanche was married to Clyde's brother and was part of the Barrow gang. It was hard to read in parts because of the violence. In fact, the violence became so repetitive that I called it quits half way through.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this for research for directing the musical Bonnie & Clyde. But enjoyed it personally as well. Blanche was an unreliable narrator of maybe my favorite kind, one who wasn't unreliable as a device of the author but because we are all unreliable narrators.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Biased memories and faulty memories aside, I thought this gave a very realistic and honest approach of life on the run.
Holly Zook-Gill
Good book until end

I like the book until it just keeps going on about who got killed and what might have happened to the victims. Just ready to be done with it.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Good book and well-researched
Beth Schwartz
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
It was interesting, but at the same time I found it to be a little boring near the end.
Julien Gorbach
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary primary document, that only came to light a few years ago. Published in 2005.
Joanie Sompayrac
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Blanche Barrow lived a wild and scary life in a short span of time. This book attempts to tell her story from several angles. What a page-turner!
Bonni Sweet
Wasn't that great. She didn't write anything new that I hadn't already read in any other book about the duo.
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