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Alcatraz : The Gangster Years (Paperback)

Author: Ward, David

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It’s almost impossible not to like any dramatic concept conceived around Alcatraz, the famous and shuttered prison-turned-tourist-attraction that sits on its own little island, from what seems a stone’s throw from one of the most beautiful cities in the world. OUR EDITOR RECOMMENDS Midseason TV Preview: 17 New Shows Premiering in 2012 'Alcatraz' Will 'Be Equally Frustrating and Intriguing,' Says Parminder Nagra TCA: J.J. Abrams Says 'Alcatraz' Won't Be Purely Serialized Except there’s not a lengthy list of quality fiction about Alcatraz. And as much as the notion for Fox’s new drama seems eagerly palpable – when Alcatraz closed, all the remaining prisoners were not shipped to other prisons, they mysteriously vanished – there’s not much payoff to the premise.

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"Ward has collected the most impressive documentation anywhere on the workings of a prison. A unique and wonderful work of sociology and history."--Howard Becker, author of Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance and Art Worlds

"This groundbreaking history of the country's most notorious prison is the first to give an in-depth analysis of the interaction between the guards and the prisoners. Ward captures the Alcatraz experience with the accuracy of someone who has practically been there and lays to rest many of the myths that have grown up around the prison. No longer will the story-tellers be able to describe the inmates as 'the worst of the worst' without qualification. Their individual stories come alive as the author records the varied life experiences that brought them to Alcatraz and describes their coping mechanisms. A unique and fascinating study."--Morton Sobell, Alcatraz Inmate #AZ699 1950-1963, author of On Doing Time

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Publisher Univ of California Pr
Mfg Part# 9780520265967
SKU 212508117
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0520265963
Release Date 5/1/2010
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Number of Pages 0548
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