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Jeff Guinn's account of the tale of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker is thoroughly researched and utterly captivating. I had recently finished reading The Grapes of Wrath, which is also set in the Depression Era, and when my friend randomly chose this book as my next read, I had no idea what a great a follow-up read this would turn out to be. Being born and raised in North Texas, it was fascinating to read such an in-depth, detailed account of a true story that took place in an area I'm so familiar with. The glamorized, Hollywood version of the tale of Bonnie and Clyde has entered American folklore, but the true story is anything but glamorous. It's a gritty, desperate tale of two kids from the slums of West Dallas who fell in love, both with one another, and with fame and fortune. They spent their days on the run, stealing cars and guns, robbing banks and gas stations, and at times committing murder, but always looking over their shoulders. They both knew exactly how their story would end, yet they remained dedicated to one another until the very last moment, when it all came to a bitter end in a hail of gunfire, as expected. To this day, the motto inscribed on Clyde Barrow's gravestone rings true..."Gone but not forgotten." Americans will never forget the story of the notorious Bonne and Clyde, but at least now, thanks to Jeff Guinn, we have a complete, accurate account of the true tale.
From "The End of the Line" by Bonnie Parker...
Some 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 it's death for Bonnie and Clyde.