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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.



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Karen Blumenthal

Some kids hate being picked last for sports teams. Karen Blumenthal would have been happy to have been picked last -- if it meant that she could play. But like most girls of her generation, she was stuck on the sidelines. Title IX became law when Ms. Blumenthal was a young teen, and for years it represented a possibility that always seemed just out of reach. That's not so today: Most girls she knows play sports, and their opportunities are genuinely endless. Awed by the changes she has seen, Ms. Blumenthal set out to share the story of this untold social revolution. She spent two years scouring archives, academic works, and newspapers, tracking down participants and star athletes to help her reconstruct what happened. A veteran Wall Street Journal editor and reporter and a die-hard sports fan, Karen Blumenthal is the author of Six Days in October, a 2003 Sibert Honor Book. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Dallas, Texas.



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