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The Lives and Times of Bonnie & Clyde

The Lives and Times of Bonnie & Clyde

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by E. R. Milner
     
 

Relying on primary sources—oral history interviews, personal memoirs, newspaper articles, official records, diaries, and letters—E. R. Milner cuts through myth and legend to create this startling portrait of the real Bonnie and Clyde.
 
In his prologue, Milner introduces Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, showing them as they drive along a rural

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Relying on primary sources—oral history interviews, personal memoirs, newspaper articles, official records, diaries, and letters—E. R. Milner cuts through myth and legend to create this startling portrait of the real Bonnie and Clyde.
 
In his prologue, Milner introduces Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, showing them as they drive along a rural Louisiana lane toward the ambush that would put a dramatic end to their turbulent lives of crime. Milner then traces their backgrounds, noting the events that bring the two outlaws together. The ensuing adventures of Bonnie and Clyde featured gun battles, narrow escapes and captures, frequent moves, and, of necessity, several shifts in personnel over a short period of time. It was a life of wild action, betrayal, and sometimes even gallantry. In the abstract, an aura of romance surrounded this violent pair.

Although the mythology surrounding Bonnie and Clyde is charged with drama and fascination, Milner reveals the truth behind the bloody legend, carefully gleaning materials from obscure locally published accounts, previously untapped court records, and archived but unpublished oral history accounts from some sixty victims, neighbors, relatives, and police who were involved in the exploits of the infamous duo. And the truth proves to be sufficiently exciting. Romance aside, the Barrow gang carved a grisly swath through Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. The string of deaths was long—and real: Akota, Oklahoma, sheriff severely wounded, deputy killed; Sherman, Texas, grocery clerk killed; Temple, Texas, man killed as gang attempts to steal his car; Joplin, Missouri, two officers killed; Alma, Arkansas, police officer killed; Crockette, Texas, prison guard killed; Miami, Oklahoma, police officer killed.

Milner traces this violent path until 23 May 1934, when Bonnie and Clyde die in an ambush. Even dead, they draw crowds and are buried in a circus-like atmosphere. In death they continue to intrigue us in ways few criminals had before or have since.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

You’ve read the story of Jesse James,

Of how he lived and died. 

If you’re still in need for something to read,

Here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde.

—Bonnie Harper, from “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde”

“If the world loves lovers, the world of the Depression years loved bank robbers. So Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow became and remained the stuff of folklore. . . . This careful account provides accuracy just as Milner’s subjects provide action.”Publishers Weekly 

 “A well-researched, briskly written account of the infamous outlaw couple.”       Houston Chronicle 

 “The Lives and Times of Bonnie & Clyde qualifies as the ‘definitive’ coverage of the relatively brief Barrow-Parker crime spree. The author’s voluminous use of notes and references indeed adds an aura of authority on the many situations and issues covered, some still quite controversial.”—Roger Conger, past president of the Texas State Historical Association

“A valuable study, providing a fascinating overview of the notorious Lone Star criminals.”Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker burst upon the American Southwest in the Great Depression year of 1932. At the time of Clyde’s first involvement in a murder, people paid little attention to the event. He was just another violent hoodlum in a nation with a growing list of brutal criminals, which included Al Capone, John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Barker gang. Not until Bonnie and Clyde joined forces did the public become intrigued. The phrase ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ took on an electrifying and exotic meaning that has abated little in the past sixty years."—E. R. Milner, from the Prologue

Library Journal
During the Depression, many gangsters left their mark, but no one did this better than Bonnie and Clyde. From 1932 to 1934, the Bonnie and Clyde gang made news daily and frustrated law enforcement officials as they managed to elude capture. They often kidnapped their victims and released them unharmed only after they felt safe. They only killed when they felt threatened. Their dramatic deaths during a shootout in 1934, supposedly in each other's arms, helped to make them a legend in the public memory. Milner (history & government, Tarrant Coll., Tex.) spent ten years researching the subject, resulting in this heavily documented book. The most interesting item in the book is the poem written by Bonnie entitled "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde," which pretty much tells the story. This is a good purchase for libraries that do not have any books on this subject; it would also be a good optional supplement to historical true crime collections.-Michael Sawyer, Clinton P.L., Ia.
Booknews
Milner (history and government, Tarrant College) uncovers new information in primary source interviews, personal memoirs, newspaper articles, official records, diaries, and letters, to once again tell the story of the infamous lover/outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The romance and mythology surrounding Bonnie and Clyde have led to a number of books, articles, and also films. This account seeks to discover the reality in the myth, but nevertheless remains infused by the all-too-prevalent fascination with violence which is more difficult to adequately explain. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809319770
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

E. R. Milner is an adjunct professor of history at the University of North Texas. The author of several articles on Texas history, he has also produced two television documentaries. He lives in Denton, Texas. 

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