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Title:
Bonnie and Clyde : the making of a legend
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.

©2018
ISBN:
9780451471222

9780147513830
Physical Description:
250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Target Audience:
Grade 7 to 12.
Language:
English
Contents:
Joplin, MO., April 1933 -- Telico, Tex., March 24, 1909 -- West of Dallas, Tex., 1922 -- Waco, Tex., March 1930 -- Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, 1930-1932 -- Electra, Tex., April 14, 1932 -- Stringtown, Okla., August 5, 1932 -- Carlsbad, N. Mex., August 14, 1932 -- Sherman, Tex., October 11, 1932 -- Temple, Tex., December 25, 1932 -- Joplin, MO., April 13, 1933 -- Wellington, Tex., June 10, 1933 -- Platte City, MO., July 19, 1933 -- Des Moines, Iowa, July 1933 -- Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, January 16, 1934 -- Grapevine, Tex., April 1, 1934 -- Near Gibsland, LA., May 23, 1934 -- Dallas, Tex. -- Hollywood, Calif. -- A note about "The story of Bonnie and Clyde".
Abstract:
Bonnie and Clyde: we've been on a first name basis with them for almost a hundred years. Immortalized in movies, songs, and pop culture references, they are remembered mostly for their storied romance and tragic deaths. But what was life really like for Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in the early 1930s? How did two dirt-poor teens from west Texas morph from vicious outlaws to legendary couple? And why? Award-winning author Karen Blumenthal devoted months to tracing the footsteps of Bonnie and Clyde, unearthing new information and debunking many persistent myths. The result is an impeccably researched, breathtaking nonfiction tale of love, car chases, kidnappings, and murder set against the backdrop of the Great Depression.
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Bonnie and Clyde- we've been on a first name basis with them for almost a hundred years. Immortalized in movies, songs, and pop culture references, they are remembered mostly for their storied romance and tragic deaths. But what was life really like for Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in the early 1930s? How did two dirt-poor teens from west Texas morph from vicious outlaws to legendary couple? And why?

Award-winning author Karen Blumenthal devoted months to tracing the footsteps of Bonnie and Clyde, unearthing new information and debunking many persistent myths. The result is an impeccably researched, breathtaking nonfiction tale of love, car chases, kidnappings, and murder set against the backdrop of the Great Depression.


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Utilizing witness accounts, contemporary news coverage, and material gained from family interviews and personal letters, Blumenthal has written more than a crime narrative or a biography of the famous outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The book presents a social and cultural snapshot of the duo's times as well as a detailed reporting of their crimes, combining information on the couple's deeds and misdeeds with excerpts from Parker's poems, mugshots, newspaper clippings, and family photos. Cultural artifacts and the phenomenon that contributed to the outlaws' legend are explained in highlighted sections, as are obituaries for each of the Barrow gang's victims. Blumenthal humanizes these gangsters of the Great Depression by placing them within the era in which they lived. In doing so, she never minimizes or excuses the carnage and destruction they caused, nor the terrible price they ultimately paid. The insightful back matter includes sections on "What Happened to.?" and "A Note About Facts and Sources." VERDICT This historical true-crime story is recommended for providing nuanced perspective without glorifying the misdeeds that shaped its subjects' lives and deaths.-Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Blinn -Junior College, Brenham, TX © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Thanks to the 1967 movie, a romanticized portrait of this infamous duo is indelibly etched in the American consciousness. In the early 1930s, Clyde Barrow and his girlfriend Bonnie Parker hooked up for a two-year crime spree. Originally from Dallas, they cut a wide swath through the Midwest as they eluded authorities. A few photographs found among belongings the couple left behind in their hurry captured a spirit of bravado and recklessness, and the legend was born. Blumenthals well-researched biography does an admirable job of distinguishing the facts from the mythology, as well as reconstructing the timeline of the pairs criminal activities. And as in Blumethals previous books set in the same time period (Six Days in October, rev. 1/03; Bootleg, rev. 5/11), readers get an extra bonus: the author has a knack for vividly rendering the political, social, and cultural milieu of a bygone era. The text is enhanced by numerous sidebars and period photographs; Bonnies famous poem The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, updates on what happened to the various characters, a timeline, an authors note, source notes, a bibliography, and an index are appended. jonathan hunt January/February 2019 p 110(c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

A portrait of two victims of the Great Depression whose taste for guns and fast cars led to short careers in crime but longer ones as legends.Blumenthal (Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2016, etc.) makes a determined effort to untangle a mare's nest of conflicting eyewitness accounts, purple journalism, inaccurate police reports, and self-serving statements from relatives and cohorts of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Though the results sometimes read as dry recitations of names and indistinguishable small towns, she makes perceptive guesses about what drove them and why they have become iconic figures, along with retracing their early lives, two-year crime spree, and subsequent transformations into doomed pop-culture antiheroes. She does not romanticize the duogiving many of their murder victims faces through individual profiles, for instance, and describing wounds in grisly detailbut does convincingly argue that their crimes and characters (particularly Bonnie's) were occasionally exaggerated. Blumenthal also wrenchingly portrays the desperation that their displaced, impoverished families must have felt while pointedly showing how an overtaxed, brutal legal system can turn petty offenders into violent ones. A full version of Bonnie's homespun ballad "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde" and notes on the subsequent lives of significant relatives, accomplices, and lawmen join meaty lists of sources and interviews at the end.Painstaking, judicious, and by no means exculpatory but with hints of sympathy. (photos, timeline, author's note, source notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12-14) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Some day they'll go down together; / They'll bury them side by side; / To few it'll be grief / To the law a relief / But it's death for Bonnie and Clyde. She would have had no way of knowing it, but Bonnie Parker got one thing wrong in her poem: she and Clyde Barrow were buried apart. An on-and-off subject of public fascination since their two-year rampage across the American Southwest in the 1930s, Bonnie and Clyde have presented an image of glamour, recklessness, freedom, and all-consuming love that has never quite faded from pop culture. In this exquisitely researched biography, Blumenthal doesn't entirely dispute that image, but she's careful to explore why the crime-spree duo was, and is, so easily romanticized, without romanticizing them herself. The text is precise, unemotional, and impartial; this, first and foremost, is an investigation of the hardships people faced during the Great Depression. That Bonnie and Clyde were young people, close to their families, often kind, and placed in extraordinarily difficult circumstances is not disputed, but neither is the extent of their crimes; in sidebars, Blumenthal profiles each of the people that the Barrow Gang killed. Additional sidebars investigate some of the legends surrounding the duo, and the circumstances that led to their popularity. An extraordinarily successful resource about a painful time in history and a complicated, infamous pair.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2010 Booklist


Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
1 Joplin, Mo., April 1933.-p. 3
2 Telico, Tex., March 24, 1909.-p. 8
3 West Of Dallas, Tex., 1922.-p. 13
4 Waco, Tex., March 1930.-p. 26
5 Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, 1930-1932.-p. 36
6 Electra, Tex., April 14, 1932.-p. 46
7 Stringtown, Okla., August 5, 1932.-p. 58
8 Carlsbad, N.Mex., August 14, 1932.-p. 69
9 Sherman, Tex., October 11, 1932.-p. 78
10 Temple, Tex., December 25, 1932.-p. 87
11 Joplin, Mo., April 13, 1933.-p. 97
12 Wellington, Tex., June 10, 1933.-p. 110
13 Platte City, Mo., July 19, 1933.-p. 122
14 Des Moines, Iowa, July 1933.-p. 133
15 Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, January 16, 1934.-p. 147
16 Grapevine, Tex., April 1, 1934.-p. 157
17 Near Gibsland, La., May 23, 1934.-p. 173
18 Dallas, Tex.-p. 187
19 Hollywood, Calif.-p. 198
A Note About "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde".-p. 209
What Happened top. 213
Key Datesp. 218
Acknowledgmentsp. 221
A Note About Facts and Sourcesp. 224
Source Notesp. 227
Bibliographyp. 240
Photo Creditsp. 246
Indexp. 247