Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde #(2019)
- Title: Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde
- Author: Jeff Guinn
- ISBN: 9781847391766
- Page: 443
- Format: Paperback
Bonnie and Clyde were the first American icons created by modern media These media savvy gangsters nurtured a self image of murderous glamour for Depression era Americans who hungered for entertainment and larger than life characters who defied authority.
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We re going down, down in an earlier roundAnd Sugar, we re going down swingingI ll be your number one with a bulletA loaded god complex, cock it and pull itWe 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 BoyThe 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 gangster He was c [...]
Weirdly enough I have never been much interested in the story of Bonnie and Clyde I think many decades ago I did watch the movie but it did not make me want to know apparently.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 them plus [...]
Turns out that a lot of things I thought I knew about Bonnie and Clyde were not true They were not a tall and handsome couple like Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway They were also not very smart both of them spent some in jail and for Clyde that was some hard time I guess that old adage is right crime does not pay.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 points Th [...]
The companion piece to Public Enemies America s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933 34 Bonnie Clyde are also covered in Burroughs s book, but he got a few details wrong and his primary focus was Dillinger A few years after Burroughs s book was published Jeff Guin set out to write a comprehensive book looking at the two outlaws lives and deaths The result is a thoroughly researched and imminently readable biography of the two famous outlaws whose legend is greater than the reality [...]
What a wild and gripping ride Jeff Guinn is SO good at presenting minute details while keeping you utterly and completely rapt The Barrow Gang was a truly awful rotating group of criminals, and yet, you almost find yourself pulling for them It s an odd sensation I knew only the obvious points going in This was a fascinating read I highly recommend the audio superb narration.
An absolutely fantastic work, rich in absorbing detail 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 probably contribu [...]
You ve read the story of Jesse James Of how he lived and died If you re still in need of something to read, here s the story of Bonnie and ClydeSome day they ll go down together And they ll bury them side by side To a few it ll be grief To the law a relief But its death for Bonnie and Clyde 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 but [...]
I have always been fascinated by the legend of Bonnie and Clyde During the process of reading this book, I did get to watch that 1967 Bonnie and Clyde movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and that was absolutely ridiculous Probably a accurate and much better version would be the 2013 Bonnie and Clyde movie starring Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger But in Go Down Together, author Jeff Guinn attempts to cut through all the Hollywood Glamour of the infamous crime couple, and deliver the [...]
A recent History Channel movie on Bonnie and Clydere piqued my interest in what really happened.The infamous couple sparked a media sensation in theearly 1930s and every few years since there is sometype of new show or book focusing on a particularaspect of their short, bloody, flamboyant criminalcarrer The challenge with a sensational story is that itgenerates sensational coverage It s easy forsomeone to make a buck with a headline I thinkthe official title for the popular 1968Warren Beatty mov [...]
I remember seeing a double feature, in the early 70s, that included Bonnie and Clyde and Bullitt I liked Bullitt, especially the famous car chase but I fell hard for Bonnie and Clyde Truly one of the great American films I had always wanted to read about them, but never did, outside of an occasional true crime anthology Once I heard about Go Down Together, I knew I had to read it and it turned out to be an excellent biography However, fantastic the 1967 film was, it romanticized the infamous co [...]
As an aficionado of crime fiction, I thought I would dip my toe into the non fiction world of real life crime Like many people, I had heard bits and pieces about various criminal celebrities of the 1930s, like Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, Ma Barker, and Bonnie and Clyde Part of my brain realized their real life stories were probably far from what has been depicted in the movies, TV, etc so at the recommendation of a good friend who studies this era of crime, I chose to read this book about Bonni [...]
A remarkably well researched and well organized historical crime chronicle This, in my opinion, is how historical true crime should be done Easy to follow, detailed, referencing primary sources, some new, Go Down Together brings you in close to the main characters without glorifying their actions Clyde Barrow remains, for the most part, an unsympathetic criminal, despite Guinn s detailed descriptions of the situations and events that led to his path Bonnie Parker is significantly sympathetic, a [...]
I never really knew anything about Bonnie and Clyde beyond the fact that they were Depression Era bank robbers, they died in a bullet riddled ambush and they were played by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the film That was literally the sum total of my knowledge, so this book was a real revelation and I thoroughly enjoyed it In fact, I couldn t put it down.There s always been a certain glamour attached to the celebrity criminals of this era Bonnie and Clyde themselves, John Dillinger, Pretty B [...]
I have always been interested in Bonnie and Clyde and I love True Crime books so when I seen this I really wanted to read it.Any reader of True Crime knows that some True Crime books will read a lot like fiction and some are 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 book part and [...]
Mr.Guinn has done an amazing amount of research to bring the real story of Bonnie and Clyde to light The film, which has become a classic, paints the couple as romantic, glamorous and skilled criminals In reality, they were basically bumblers, who stole paltry amounts of money, numerous cars and seemed to kill impulsively They caught the fancy of the news media of the day and became cult figures.The author graphically depicts the grinding poverty of the 20s and 30s which drove many to petty crim [...]
This is a well written, well researched book There has been a lot of hype about Bonnie Clyde, not least the infamous movie This book will set a lot of that straight.The only problem is, it s Bonnie and Clyde Essentially, these were two small time crooks who were incapable of robbing anything 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 the notoriety [...]
Outstanding Well researched book on the lives of Clyde and Bonnie wouldn t become the other way around until the 1967 movie Two poor 20 21 year olds from West Dallas spend a couple of years holding up gas stations and general stores for 40 or 50, living off the road in the woods or farm fields, eating canned food What about the glamour of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the famous movie Learning about BC from that film is like understanding WWII POW camps from Hogan s Heroes This book depicts [...]
I can t recommend this one highly enough I can hardly imagine how much research must have gone into this immense, blow by blow record of the Barrow Gang s crime spree The author makes constant efforts to separate myth from fact, his entire goal being apparently to show us why Clyde, Bonnie, Buck and their retinue did what they did This story is all about family ties and unbreakable bonds of loyalty Not a sob sister treatment of their crimes, Guinn holds every wrongdoer responsible and makes no e [...]
Great biography on Bonnie and Clyde The author paints a vivid and realistic picture of these two young fugitives that keeps the reader hanging on until the last page I am partial to biographies, and this is one of my favorites While it is vividly clear that these two chose the wrong path, you also can t help but sympathize with them while reading this one A well balanced story that makes you think about how the circumstances of life even those over which you have no control can change your desti [...]
4.5 stars I cried at the end Jeff Guinn is a treasure, and regardless of my personal interest in the subject, I ll seek out his work in the future His book on Jim Jones was also excellent.
Jeff Guinn s Go Down Together is a well researched story and an exciting read, a very rare combination It covers the true tale of Clyde Bonnie in a way that is biographical, historical, sociological and procedural yet immensely entertaining Though the truth of the story is not for the squeamish or those who romanticize criminal lovers on the run, it is a necessary book to counteract the glamorous myth the duo has become After reading it, very few people would consider a life of crime to be the s [...]
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 lives [...]
Thoroughly researched Including interviews with surviving family members and people other family members had worked with in creating books about Bonnie and Clyde, most of which never saw the light of day I m still trying to decide whether to read Blanche Barrow s book.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 thoug [...]
The subtitle is no joke, this biography is thorough with a capital T There s a fondness for Clyde Bonnie in this historical record noting that many of the other material written about them was grossly exaggerated which is not surprising considering that stuff sells I got a feel for them and their families and what brought a lot of people to a life of crime before and during the Depression Hard times may make criminals of us all In the end their demise was foreseen by even them but it was still s [...]
Much like Guinn s book about Charles Manson this is well researched, paced and written In fact I thought the book got better and better as it built to its climax Speaking of Manson there were are many similarities between him he and Clyde Barrow 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 treatment th [...]
An interesting and absorbing book that neither sensationalizes nor sugarcoats the actions of Bonnie and Clyde mostly Clyde Bonnie was an enabler but never actually shot anyone , and how forces of history, fate, and personal choice drove them to committ a series of crimes across the Southern states 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 families L [...]
I think this will go down as the final word on Bonnie and Clyde.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.
One of the best books I have read in a while Jeff Guinn portrays Clyde and Bonnie as real people caught up in the crime life Although I knew how the book was going to end I found myself hoping that Clyde and Bonnie would make it through one day Recommend read for any history fan.
I was twelve when the Arthur Penn movie about Bonnie and Clyde hit the screen and like a lot of people in that generation it seemed like the definitive story about the pair The movie portrayed them as an attractive and romantic couple, nearly taking a moral stand against the forces of law and commerce in a time of great poverty And, wow, they dressed cool, too, as they swept through the midwest from one successful robbery to another.This was an eye opening look, then, at a pair of minor criminal [...]
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