Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend

Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend

by Karen Blumenthal
Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend

Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend

by Karen Blumenthal


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Bonnie and Clyde may be the most notorious—and celebrated—outlaw couple America has ever known. This is the true story of how they got that way.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451471222
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 186,495
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Karen Blumenthal is a critically acclaimed children's nonfiction writer and former journalist for the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of seven nonfiction books for young readers including Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, and Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Joplin, Mo., April 1933.- 3

2 Telico, Tex., March 24, 1909.- 8

3 West Of Dallas, Tex., 1922.- 13

4 Waco, Tex., March 1930.- 26

5 Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, 1930-1932.- 36

6 Electra, Tex., April 14, 1932.- 46

7 Stringtown, Okla., August 5, 1932.- 58

8 Carlsbad, N.Mex., August 14, 1932.- 69

9 Sherman, Tex., October 11, 1932.- 78

10 Temple, Tex., December 25, 1932.- 87

11 Joplin, Mo., April 13, 1933.- 97

12 Wellington, Tex., June 10, 1933.- 110

13 Platte City, Mo., July 19, 1933.- 122

14 Des Moines, Iowa, July 1933.- 133

15 Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, January 16, 1934.- 147

16 Grapevine, Tex., April 1, 1934.- 157

17 Near Gibsland, La., May 23, 1934.- 173

18 Dallas, Tex.- 187

19 Hollywood, Calif.- 198

A Note About "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde".- 209

What Happened to 213

Key Dates 218

Acknowledgments 221

A Note About Facts and Sources 224

Source Notes 227

Bibliography 240

Photo Credits 246

Index 247

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