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Bonnie och Clyde : sanningen bakom legenden (2009)

av Jeff Guinn

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An account of the exploits of Bonnie and Clyde explores the ways in which they captured the imaginations of people during and after their time, reveals the role of youth and luck in their two-year crime spree, and recounts the events that led to their deaths.
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Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker (later known as “Bonnie and Clyde”) both grew up extremely poor in the slum of West Dallas, Texas. They both loved their families very much and visited as often as they possibly could, even while on the run. They knew they would die young, likely violently. They stole fancy cars, and robbed some small banks and small stores and gas stations, which really only gave them enough money for food and gas. They had very little left over, and mostly had to sleep in “their” car. When they had extra, they often brought it to their families.

I knew nothing of Clyde and Bonnie beyond their names and that they were criminals/gangsters on the run in (I thought) the 1920s (it was actually only for a couple of years in the early 1930s). This book was so well-researched. I feel like, if it’s not (it might already be), it should be the go-to book about the two of them. Their crimes did mostly start off as robberies and stealing cars, but in their haste to not get caught, there were shootouts and people got killed. There were a few other murders thrown in that weren’t part of shootouts, as well.

It was slow to read, but nonfiction often is. That being said, it was fascinating and I was interested all the way through. Now, there were multiple confrontations and shootouts, so I did get a few confused toward the end, and some of the criminals who came and went from the “Barrow Gang” also got a bit confusing, but overall, this was really good. There was also a section of photos included in the middle. ( )
1 rösta LibraryCin | Apr 23, 2020 |
I read this book for my book club, so it isn't something I would normally have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I knew so little about Bonnie and Clyde that almost all of this book was a learning experience. I got a good feel for what the pair was really like. I feel like the research behind this book is solid, especially based on the sources listed at the end. My impression of these two young people who chose short lives of crime is much more realistic than it was before I read this book. In many ways, the press hasn't changed much since the 30s! They still write what sells, even if it is embellished. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Apr 22, 2020 |
A friend recommended this one and it fit perfectly for this month’s Heroes and Villains category for my Nonfiction challenge.

The reviews of the audio edition almost made me go with the print, but my friend listened to it and enjoyed it. I listened to a sample and the narrator was fine. Once I started listening, I bumped up the speed to 1.25 and was quite comfortable listening it that way.

The book itself is quite interesting. If the only thing you know about Bonnie and Clyde is the 1967 movie with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, then you don’t know much that’s true about Bonnie and Clyde.

I’d heard good things about Jeff Guinn’s books and after listening to this one I am positive that I will be putting his other books on my TBR list.

He provided plenty of fascinating information about both Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker as well as their extended families. The families are definitely part of the story because Clyde and Bonnie (it was never Bonnie first until Beatty’s movie put her first) made regular trips back to the Dallas, Texas area to visit their families.

I learned a lot about them and also about the men that eventually ambushed them in rural Louisiana. Once they were established in their life of crime neither Clyde nor Bonnie expected to live very long. They expected that they would be killed by law enforcement officers.

I thought this was a fascinating book. As I said the narration was fine but not anything that would make me seek out other books narrated by the same person. Listen to the sample at Audible and make your own decision regarding audio or print but if you have any interest, I do recommend the book. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Feb 26, 2020 |
Dragged a lot in parts. It was comprehensive. Maybe too comprehensive. Overall it was a good read. I now know that Bonnie Parker does NOT smoke cigars and the gang, while dangerous, made a lot of mistakes. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn is a fascinating read of this famous duo who caught the attention of the law and the imagination of the public in the early 1930’s. These two young people were each from a very poor background and in the impossible situation of trying to climb out from the West Dallas slums where they were raised. In these times the quickest way was to turn to crime for instant cash and the fame and excitement that came along with it were not unwelcome to these two kids. The Great Depression brought hard times to most Americans and thanks to over-exaggerated news stories Bonnie and Clyde became household names.

In fact these two were far from the cool and calculating criminals that they were painted to be. It was mostly luck that kept them from being caught during their two year crime spree. The jobs they pulled were most often on small businesses, gas stations, and grocery stores. Times were so hard that they often came up empty handed. They spent much of their time living hand-to-mouth, camping out in their stolen cars, bathing in cold creeks and living on cold cans of beans. They both seemed to be aware that their lives were going to be the price they would have to pay for their short stint in the spotlight. One thing the book does stress however, is that these two were devoted to one another. And although their life was nothing like the glamour that was portrayed in the excellent 1967 movie, this book paints a realistic picture of these two outlaw lovers.

The book is everything one wants in a non-fiction read - engrossing, beautifully written, highly readable and informative. The author manages to cut through much of the mystery that surrounds these two, yet still delivers a haunting, eye-opening story that is a great read for historians and crime buffs alike. ( )
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Americans have a long tradition of celebrating our antiheroes, from Jesse James to John Gotti. Rarely, however, have we embraced as rancid a pair of ne’er-do-wells as the bumbling Depression-era stickup artist Clyde Barrow and his girlfriend Bonnie Parker. As Dallas-based robbers of drugstores, super­markets and the odd bank, Barrow and Parker were aimless, clueless and utterly ruthless. About the only thing they did well was shoot people, which Clyde and his partners attempted often, murdering at least 10 men.
 
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In memory of Max Lale, an historian who inspired me, and in honor of Cissy Stewart Lale, a mentor and friend who still does.
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If it had been raining twenty miles west of Dallas on April 1, 1934, H.D. Murphy probably wouldn't have become the most famous dead motorcycle cop in America.
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