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"A fine work of history.... Easily readable and includes much of the last two decades' new scholarship.... Go Down Together is especially good at...placing Bonnie and Clyde in context." ( The New York Times Book Review)
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By Tim on 09-09-09
What a great read!! Not only did I learn a lot about Bonnie & Clyde, but also about the economic conditions that produced these two outlaws. While it is truly sad what they did with their lives, their stories are really fascinating.
I had seen the movie with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. It was interesting to watch it again after reading this book and to note the "glamorization" of the two villians, as well as the many misrepresentations in the movie.
Some of the more fascinating facts have to do with the techinques they used to outgun and outrun the law. The story of how Clyde got out of prison the first time is not only interesting but unbelievably ironic. And the story of the poverty they grew up in (especially Clyde) is almost unbelievable.
One other notable theme was how many times they were severely injured and managed to live through it. Hard to believe that they actually didn't die much sooner.
The only thing that surprised me is that the chapter on their death almost seems anticlimatic and brief. The truth of the ambush and the aftermath of their death also holds many unexpected surprises.
Mr. Guinn has done a GREAT job. I learned a great deal and highly recommend this book!!
Unlike some other reviews, I had no issues with the narrator.
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By DyannA on 08-30-11
Wonderful Historical and Human Perspective
This book offers a refreshingly unbiased and detailed account of Bonnie and Clyde. I particularly appreciated the added historical customs, etiquette, and other information that we would not be aware of today, for example, the importance of Bonnie’s cigar, the consequences of life in the depression, and the way the law was carried out at the time. However, the narrator was a bit distracting for me. I don’t know if it is a speech impediment or just a particular jargon, but I often lost myself imagining a poor bumbling lawman being held hostage by Bonnie and Clyde, forcing him at gunpoint to read the “true account” while giggling and popping marbles into his mouth. The book is definitely good enough to get past this, and I still extremely enjoyed the author’s in-depth look at this thrilling infamous story.
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