This is the real story of Bonnie and Clyde and their troubled times, separating fact from fiction, delivered with cinematic sweep by the author of bestselling true crime biographies of Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and the shootout at the OK Corral.
Bestselling author Jeff Guinn combines exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material to tell the real tale of two kids from a filthy Dallas slum who fell in love and then willingly traded their lives for a brief interlude of excitement and, more important, fame. Go Down Together has it all—true romance, rebellion against authority, bullets flying, cars crashing, and, in the end, a dramatic death at the hands of a celebrity lawman.
Jeff Guinn is an award-winning former investigative journalist and the bestselling author of numerous books, including Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde; The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the OK Corral—And How It Changed the West; Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson; and The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. Guinn lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
“Engaging. . . reads like a road story—two kids from the Dallas slums in a fast car, headed to nowhere good.”
—The New Yorker
“A fine work of history. . . . Easily readable and includes much of the last two decades’ new scholarship. . . . Especially good at . . . placing Bonnie and Clyde in context.” —Bryan Burrough, The New York Times Book Review
“A rollicking read, an astonishing story of perseverance in the face of hopelessness, and a perverse tale of two lovers whom only death could part.” —Mark Dunkelman, The Providence Journal
“Guinn cuts through the sex and gunsmoke surrounding the gangster love story of Bonnie and Clyde. . . . A welcome corrective.” —J. Lynn Lunsford, The Wall Street Journal
“Guinn has deftly restored the humanity of America’s best known crime couple, stripping away the Hollywood glamour and hype with the unvarnished but equally compelling truth.” —Kathleen Krog, The Miami Herald