My Life With Bonnie And Clyde

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My Life With Bonnie And Clyde

Format:  Paperback,

325 pages

Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2005

ISBN-13: 9780806137155

ISBN-10: 0806137150

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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, 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. 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.

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Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2005
ISBN-13: 9780806137155
ISBN-10: 0806137150
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 325
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.75 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 806137150

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Review by Library Journal (2004-11-01)

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

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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, 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. 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.

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