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Bonnie and Clyde : the making of a legend / by Karen Blumenthal.

By: Blumenthal, Karen.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Viking Childrens Books, 2018Description: 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780451471222; 0451471229.Subject(s): Parker, Bonnie, 1910-1934 | Barrow, Clyde, 1909-1934 | Outlaws -- West (U.S.) -- Biography | Legends -- West (U.S.) -- Biography | Criminals -- United States -- Biography | Criminals | United States -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 364.15/52092273 | 364.3
Contents:
Joplin, MO., April 1933 -- Telico, Tex., March 24, 1909 -- West of Dallas, Tex., 1922 -- Waco, Tex., March 1930 -- Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, 1930-1932 -- Electra, Tex., April 14, 1932 -- Stringtown, Okla., August 5, 1932 -- Carlsbad, N. Mex., August 14, 1932 -- Sherman, Tex., October 11, 1932 -- Temple, Tex., December 25, 1932 -- Joplin, MO., April 13, 1933 -- Wellington, Tex., June 10, 1933 -- Platte City, MO., July 19, 1933 -- Des Moines, Iowa, July 1933 -- Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, January 16, 1934 -- Grapevine, Tex., April 1, 1934 -- Near Gibsland, LA., May 23, 1934 -- Dallas, Tex. -- Hollywood, Calif. -- A note about "The story of Bonnie and Clyde".
Summary: 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.
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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.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Joplin, MO., April 1933 -- Telico, Tex., March 24, 1909 -- West of Dallas, Tex., 1922 -- Waco, Tex., March 1930 -- Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, 1930-1932 -- Electra, Tex., April 14, 1932 -- Stringtown, Okla., August 5, 1932 -- Carlsbad, N. Mex., August 14, 1932 -- Sherman, Tex., October 11, 1932 -- Temple, Tex., December 25, 1932 -- Joplin, MO., April 13, 1933 -- Wellington, Tex., June 10, 1933 -- Platte City, MO., July 19, 1933 -- Des Moines, Iowa, July 1933 -- Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, January 16, 1934 -- Grapevine, Tex., April 1, 1934 -- Near Gibsland, LA., May 23, 1934 -- Dallas, Tex. -- Hollywood, Calif. -- A note about "The story of Bonnie and Clyde".

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.

Grade 7 to 12.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue (p. 1)
  • 1 Joplin, Mo., April 1933.- (p. 3)
  • 2 Telico, Tex., March 24, 1909.- (p. 8)
  • 3 West Of Dallas, Tex., 1922.- (p. 13)
  • 4 Waco, Tex., March 1930.- (p. 26)
  • 5 Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, 1930-1932.- (p. 36)
  • 6 Electra, Tex., April 14, 1932.- (p. 46)
  • 7 Stringtown, Okla., August 5, 1932.- (p. 58)
  • 8 Carlsbad, N.Mex., August 14, 1932.- (p. 69)
  • 9 Sherman, Tex., October 11, 1932.- (p. 78)
  • 10 Temple, Tex., December 25, 1932.- (p. 87)
  • 11 Joplin, Mo., April 13, 1933.- (p. 97)
  • 12 Wellington, Tex., June 10, 1933.- (p. 110)
  • 13 Platte City, Mo., July 19, 1933.- (p. 122)
  • 14 Des Moines, Iowa, July 1933.- (p. 133)
  • 15 Eastham Farm, Texas Prison System, January 16, 1934.- (p. 147)
  • 16 Grapevine, Tex., April 1, 1934.- (p. 157)
  • 17 Near Gibsland, La., May 23, 1934.- (p. 173)
  • 18 Dallas, Tex.- (p. 187)
  • 19 Hollywood, Calif.- (p. 198)
  • A Note About "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde".- (p. 209)
  • What Happened to (p. 213)
  • Key Dates (p. 218)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 221)
  • A Note About Facts and Sources (p. 224)
  • Source Notes (p. 227)
  • Bibliography (p. 240)
  • Photo Credits (p. 246)
  • Index (p. 247)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Kirkus Book Review

A portrait of two victims of the Great Depression whose taste for guns and fast cars led to short careers in crime but longer ones as legends.Blumenthal (Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2016, etc.) makes a determined effort to untangle a mare's nest of conflicting eyewitness accounts, purple journalism, inaccurate police reports, and self-serving statements from relatives and cohorts of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Though the results sometimes read as dry recitations of names and indistinguishable small towns, she makes perceptive guesses about what drove them and why they have become iconic figures, along with retracing their early lives, two-year crime spree, and subsequent transformations into doomed pop-culture antiheroes. She does not romanticize the duogiving many of their murder victims faces through individual profiles, for instance, and describing wounds in grisly detailbut does convincingly argue that their crimes and characters (particularly Bonnie's) were occasionally exaggerated. Blumenthal also wrenchingly portrays the desperation that their displaced, impoverished families must have felt while pointedly showing how an overtaxed, brutal legal system can turn petty offenders into violent ones. A full version of Bonnie's homespun ballad "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde" and notes on the subsequent lives of significant relatives, accomplices, and lawmen join meaty lists of sources and interviews at the end.Painstaking, judicious, and by no means exculpatory but with hints of sympathy. (photos, timeline, author's note, source notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12-14) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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