My Life with Bonnie and Clyde [NOOK Book]

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Bonnie and Clyde were responsible for multiple murders and countless robberies. But they did not act alone. In 1933, during their infamous run from the law in 1933, Bonnie and Clyde were joined by Clyde's brother Buck Barrow and his wife Blanche. Of these four accomplices, only one—Blanche Caldwell Barrow—lived beyond early adulthood and only Blanche left behind a written account of their escapades. Edited by outlaw expert John Neal Phillips, Blanche's previously unknown memoir ...
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My Life with Bonnie and Clyde

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Overview

Bonnie and Clyde were responsible for multiple murders and countless robberies. But they did not act alone. In 1933, during their infamous run from the law in 1933, Bonnie and Clyde were joined by Clyde's brother Buck Barrow and his wife Blanche. Of these four accomplices, only one—Blanche Caldwell Barrow—lived beyond early adulthood and only Blanche left behind a written account of their escapades. Edited by outlaw expert John Neal Phillips, Blanche's previously unknown memoir is here available for the first time.

Blanche wrote her memoir between 1933 and 1939, while serving time at the Missouri State Penitentiary. Released early on good behavior, she went on to live a quiet life beyond public view. Following her death, Blanche's good friend and the executor of her will, Esther L. Weiser, found the memoir wrapped in a large unused Christmas card. Later she entrusted it to Phillips, who had interviewed Blanche several times before her death.

Drawing from these interviews, and from extensive research into Depression-era outlaw history, Phillips supplements the memoir with helpful notes and with biographical information about Blanche and her accomplices. In addition, Blanche was an avid photographer, and this book includes many of her previously unpublished photographs, many of which capture her life on the run with Bonnie and Clyde.

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Blanche Barrow and her husband, Buck, joined Buck's brother Clyde and his wife, Bonnie Parker, for a few months in 1933, ostensibly to help the outlaw couple rest on their run from the law. Soon thereafter, Buck was dead, and Blanche began writing this memoir from prison. Editor Phillips has enveloped Blanche's gripping memoir with a meticulously researched historical context, describing the political and economic backdrop and filling in the details of Blanche's story-including profiles of Barrow gang victims. When Blanche attempts to justify her involvement and downplay her role, Phillips is careful to point out contradictions and reminds readers that she was also building her case for parole. Even so, Blanche comes across as a kind and interesting person who perhaps committed quite a youthful indiscretion. Phillips interviewed Blanche for his previous book (Running with Bonnie and Clyde: The Ten Fast Years of Ralph Fults) and had access to her personal scrapbooks and photographs. A contradictory tale-the reader sees the human side of these killers while also wincing at their brutal, heinous crimes. Highly recommended.-Karen Sandlin Silverman, CFAR-Ctr. for Applied Research, Philadelphia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806186771
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 97,660
  • File size: 20 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    what a life

    Not very well written, but the editor meant to leave it that way, just as Blanche wrote it instead of throwing in his own stories to make it more glamorous like the movies. He does a great job at the end of documenting and regerencing other material or clearing up what Blanche is talking about. It's a lot of back and forth to the footnotes but worth it. I love these kind of history books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Too slow...

    Written by someone who was there seemed like a great read. Doesn't take long to realize that Blanche Barrow was a not only a whiny cry baby, but takes way too much time gushing over how much she loved Buck, claiming to love him more than his own family (mother included), talking about how jealous they were of her. I'm an avid reader, but couldn't stomach this enough to even finish it. TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    anonymous

    Good to here Blanche tell her story.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Fair

    Fair

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