Go down together bonnie and clyde book

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Go Down Together | Book by Jeff Guinn | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

P erhaps it's recession chic or simply that time in the cultural cycle when a reassessment is due, but the tales of American gangsters from the Great Depression seem to be enjoying something of a mini-revival. Around the same time, The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, a biopic starring Hilary Duff, begins shooting on location in the southern states. And, 75 years after they were gunned down, Jeff Guinn has produced what claims to be the definitive biography of the infamous couple from Texas. Barrow was little more than a car thief whose crimes escalated more out of ineptitude than intention, while Parker was a dreamer with no real ambition other than a fatal desire to flee the drab limitations of her life. Together with Barrow's brother and assorted hangers-on, they killed as many as 10 people, nearly all as a result of botched robberies or resisting arrest. Yet, answering an insatiable hunger for escapism and drama, they were fashioned into major outlaws by the press, public and not least the couple themselves. Like a pair of homicidal forerunners of today's celebrity desperados, Barrow and Parker made up for in image what they lacked in ingenuity.
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Bonnie and Clyde The True Story 1992

Go Down Together

Bestselling author Jeff Guinn combines exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material to tell the real tale of two kids 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. Go Down Together has it all—true romance, rebellion against authority, bullets flying, cars crashing, and, in the end, a dramatic death at the hands of a celebrity lawman. This is the real story of Bonnie and Clyde and their troubled times, delivered with cinematic sweep by a masterful storyteller. Guinn lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Especially good at. A welcome corrective.

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.
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Thousands overran the Dallas funeral homes where their bodies were displayed. For two short years they had been icons of outlaw glamour; their legend would outlive them by decades. Ironically, the crime spree that made Bonnie and Clyde notorious across America consisted mostly of stealing cars, sticking up gas stations and mom-and-pop stores and shooting it out with the law when their careless behavior got them noticed in the small Texas towns they favored as hide-outs. So why were they so famous? Two new books, published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of their deaths, address that question in dramatically different ways. God, that gun feels good. Rata rata rat.


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