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Los Angeles Times Review
Date of Review: 
May.10.2009
Reviewer: 
Wendy Smith
Source: 
Los Angeles Times

"Paul Schneider gets much closer to his subjects in "Bonnie and Clyde: The Lives Behind the Legend." Noted for his novelistic approach to nonfiction in such previous works as "Brutal Journey," Schneider takes two big risks here. He writes throughout in the present tense and tells much of the story from Clyde's point of view in a startling second-person narrative: "You're just shooting the trees to pieces over the guard's heads with your Browning automatic rifle -- . . . God, that gun feels good. Rata rata rat." This strategy makes Schneider's book extraordinarily immediate, not to mention lurid. Liberally quoting from eyewitness accounts (of varying reliability, he freely acknowledges in the endnotes), he excels at conveying the grungy texture of their lives..."