Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography

Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography

by Nate Hendley

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313338717
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/30/2007
Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

NATE HENDLEY is a Toronto-based writer, reporter, and author. In addition to hundreds of news articles, features, profiles, and reviews, he is author of Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Life and Crimes of Canada's Master Bank Robber (2003), Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York (2005), Al Capone: Chicago's King of Crime (2005), and Crystal Meth: North America's Number One Drug Problem (2006). He has also written a biography of John Lennon and children's books on Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and William Lyon Mackenzie King. Hendley has a web site located at www.natehendley.com.

Table of Contents


Series Foreword     ix
Preface     xi
Bonnie and Clyde: An Introduction     xv
Timeline: Events in the Life of Bonnie and Clyde     xxi
Outlaws and Lovers     1
Poetry and the Penitentiary     13
Along for the Ride     27
Armed for War     37
Blood Brothers     51
Mayhem in Missouri     61
Jail Break-In     73
Southern Comfort     85
It's Death for Bonnie and Clyde     99
Life after Death     111
Bibliography     121
Index     125

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Bonnie and Clyde 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the year 1932 to 1934 the newspapers took full control of bonnie and Clydes legacey and never let go. The preception people have of Clyde and Bonnie today is due to the power of the press and the need to sell newspapers at all costs. people who condem Bonnie and Clyde without having been there with them are simple close minded and will never be convinced otherwise
Guest More than 1 year ago
they had no such thing. they were cold-blooded killers, and it is an insult the millions of americans who suffered through the great depression without turning to crime and committing heinous murders, to attempt to rationalize b&c's abhorrent acts with such a lame excuse