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Motivated by greed and sadism--or perhaps by poverty and boredom--star-crossed lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow set out on a series of robberies throughout the American Southwest, many of which ended in murder. Frustrated by the suffocating poverty of the Great Depression, they were especially eager to target their oppressors--banks, store owners, and at times, the po Motivated by greed and sadism--or perhaps by poverty and boredom--star-crossed lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow set out on a series of robberies throughout the American Southwest, many of which ended in murder. Frustrated by the suffocating poverty of the Great Depression, they were especially eager to target their oppressors--banks, store owners, and at times, the police. Their numerous crimes triggered an FBI manhunt, but their Robin-Hood ethos made them heroes in the eyes of many, establishing their place as legends of American folklore. This objective volume paints a realistic picture of often-romanticized subject matter, as it explores the motivation and impact of two of the most notorious criminals in U.S. history. Motivated by greed and sadism--or perhaps by poverty and boredom--star-crossed lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow set out on a series of robberies throught the American Southwest, many of which ended in murder. Frustrated by the suffocating poverty of the Great Depression, they were especially eager to target their oppressors--banks, store owners, and at times, the police. Their numerous crimes triggered an FBI manhunt, but their Robin-Hood ethos made them heroes in the eyes of many, establishing their place as legends of American folklore. This objective volume paints a realistic picture of often-romanticized subject matter, as it explores the motivation and impact of two of the most notorious criminals in U.S. history. Colorful narrative chapters explore the lives of Bonnie and Clyde in vivid detail, giving insight into the fear of a country gripped by Depression-era poverty, and the public's endless fascination with those that live on the outside of the law. Ready-reference features such as a timeline and glossary round out the work's accessibility, making this an ideal resource for students of American history and popular culture.


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Motivated by greed and sadism--or perhaps by poverty and boredom--star-crossed lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow set out on a series of robberies throughout the American Southwest, many of which ended in murder. Frustrated by the suffocating poverty of the Great Depression, they were especially eager to target their oppressors--banks, store owners, and at times, the po Motivated by greed and sadism--or perhaps by poverty and boredom--star-crossed lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow set out on a series of robberies throughout the American Southwest, many of which ended in murder. Frustrated by the suffocating poverty of the Great Depression, they were especially eager to target their oppressors--banks, store owners, and at times, the police. Their numerous crimes triggered an FBI manhunt, but their Robin-Hood ethos made them heroes in the eyes of many, establishing their place as legends of American folklore. This objective volume paints a realistic picture of often-romanticized subject matter, as it explores the motivation and impact of two of the most notorious criminals in U.S. history. Motivated by greed and sadism--or perhaps by poverty and boredom--star-crossed lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow set out on a series of robberies throught the American Southwest, many of which ended in murder. Frustrated by the suffocating poverty of the Great Depression, they were especially eager to target their oppressors--banks, store owners, and at times, the police. Their numerous crimes triggered an FBI manhunt, but their Robin-Hood ethos made them heroes in the eyes of many, establishing their place as legends of American folklore. This objective volume paints a realistic picture of often-romanticized subject matter, as it explores the motivation and impact of two of the most notorious criminals in U.S. history. Colorful narrative chapters explore the lives of Bonnie and Clyde in vivid detail, giving insight into the fear of a country gripped by Depression-era poverty, and the public's endless fascination with those that live on the outside of the law. Ready-reference features such as a timeline and glossary round out the work's accessibility, making this an ideal resource for students of American history and popular culture.

49 review for Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    SheAintGotNoShoes

    I find it difficult reading biographies where there is so much grey area. When I read ' according to some sources ', I already know it is going to be a story that for whatever reason everybody has their own viewpoint, evidence, feelings.....on. So this is a book that is pieced together from various people and often times their stories conflict or they told two different stories about the same topic. You still don't get the full picture. In any case, it is clear to me it was a miserable life, just I find it difficult reading biographies where there is so much grey area. When I read ' according to some sources ', I already know it is going to be a story that for whatever reason everybody has their own viewpoint, evidence, feelings.....on. So this is a book that is pieced together from various people and often times their stories conflict or they told two different stories about the same topic. You still don't get the full picture. In any case, it is clear to me it was a miserable life, just driving place to place, eating and sleeping in the car, hardly washing and killing 12 people along the way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Stauffenberg

    A truly crazy story about two lovers bounded together by crime. All while adding more accomplices as they go along. This is such an interesting story. I can't wait to read more and do more research on these two and all those involved in their infamous story. A truly crazy story about two lovers bounded together by crime. All while adding more accomplices as they go along. This is such an interesting story. I can't wait to read more and do more research on these two and all those involved in their infamous story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carolina Morales

    Those Great Depression days were really depressing. Poor Bonnie, she just wanted to be a Hollywood STAR *feels*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zhavar Johnson

    Hasn’t everyone heard about the iconic criminal couple, Bonnie and Clyde? What if most of the things you think you know about them is wrong? Bonnie and Clyde is the biography about the iconic duo written by Nate Hendley. The book focuses on the different stages they went through in their lives and how they ended up together. It also goes through their lives before they met each other and the crimes they committed. The book humanizes them and projects them as lovers who would do anything for each Hasn’t everyone heard about the iconic criminal couple, Bonnie and Clyde? What if most of the things you think you know about them is wrong? Bonnie and Clyde is the biography about the iconic duo written by Nate Hendley. The book focuses on the different stages they went through in their lives and how they ended up together. It also goes through their lives before they met each other and the crimes they committed. The book humanizes them and projects them as lovers who would do anything for each other, almost like Romeo and Juliet with a criminal twist. The book starts off very slow and boring. The beginning is more about the backstory of Clyde’s life before he became a criminal. There are interesting things about his life that were exaggerated by the public at the time. Clyde wasn’t a macho man at all. He was intelligent, quiet, and most of his crimes were well thought out before they were committed. Clyde was involved in a lot of small crimes, and most of the stuff that made him and Bonnie famous back in the 30’s were petty thefts. The public perceived Bonnie and Clyde as heroes against the great depression. It’s cool that even though Bonnie and Clyde were criminals, they were seen as people who wouldn’t be held down by the depression. He and Bonnie’s main thefts were of small stores and little banks in small towns. I found that interesting because they are often represented as these big, tough criminals in videos and books. I was also interested in how they met, there is a lot of speculation of what really happened, but historians believe that Bonnie met Clyde through a wounded friend. Bonnie was also considered a great writer. She kept records of the day-to-day lives, and crimes she committed with Clyde. The book makes importance of the fact that Bonnie was well off as a child but chose a life of crime with Clyde. The fact that she chose the criminal life over her middle-class home shows how much she loved and cherished Clyde. They killed for each other and stopped at nothing to keep each other safe. They are a great example of what real love looks like because no matter what, they stayed together and never let the other be severely harmed. Overall, I think this is a great book for people who like history or biographies. The book went into a lot of details about their lives that I never thought about. I also recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about criminals because Bonnie and Clyde are well-known, but their lives outside of love and crime are hazy. This book even talks about the lies told about their lifestyle and how they were notorious, but not as bad as they seemed. Teens and adults are a good audience for this book because they are old enough to comprehend and be interested in it. The love between them is also very inspiring, and if they weren’t real people, they would make a good romantic novel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Itanbi

    I heard and read lots of bits and pieces about Bonnie and Clyde such as "couple Robin Hood", "Romeo and Juliet with violent criminal records", "undefeated partners in crime", who were these people? I believed they were some very popular fictional characters. I finally decided to read their "books". Imagine my surprise when I learned that what I had believed all this time was false. Bonnie and Clyde were as real - flesh, bones and blood as I am. They weren't someone's imaginative characters broug I heard and read lots of bits and pieces about Bonnie and Clyde such as "couple Robin Hood", "Romeo and Juliet with violent criminal records", "undefeated partners in crime", who were these people? I believed they were some very popular fictional characters. I finally decided to read their "books". Imagine my surprise when I learned that what I had believed all this time was false. Bonnie and Clyde were as real - flesh, bones and blood as I am. They weren't someone's imaginative characters brought to life. This was one of the top book on that search list. It was a short and easy read. Maybe because their lives were fast-paced, violent, tragic and adventurous, but short one nonetheless. My view of The book gave all the details as much as the writer could find throughout the passed years.

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