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Alcatraz: The Gangster Years

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    Highly recommended, a must read for any San Franciscan, criminologist, etc.

    THIS IS REALLY A FASCINATING AND EXCITING BOOK. I HAVE LIVED ACROSS THE BAY FROM ALCATRAZ MOST OF MY LIFE, AND I NEVER KNEW ANY OF THE DETAILS ABOUT HOW IT CAME TO BE A FEDERAL PRISON, WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE FOR BOTH THE GUARDS AND PRISONERS, OR EVEN ABOUT THE PROTESTS THAT OCCURRED IN THE CITY OF S.F. THESE PROTESTS ARE REMINISCENT OF THE PROTESTS NOW ABOUT PRISONERS FROM GUANTANAMO BEING PLACED IN THE U.S. DAVID WARD HAS BROUGHT THE ISLAND AND IT'S POPULATION TO LIFE. THE DETAILS HE RECOUNTS, BECAUSE HE INTERVIEWED SO MANY "CONS" AND GUARDS ARE TRULY GREAT READING. I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD BE SO INTERESTED IN "THE GANGSTER YEARS" BUT THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN PRISONS, PRISONERS, GUARDS AND THE HISTORY OF AMERICA'S CORRECTIONS POLICIES AND MISTAKES.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    Alcatraz Island - Must Read

    Excellent! David Ward has finally begun to answer the question on whether or not the Alcatraz Experiment worked. Having had the fortunate GOOD LUCK in being able to live on Alcatraz until my teenage years. My Father, Uncle & Cousin were all officers on the Island. I now have a much better understanding on what went on inside the Prison. Even though my Father & Relatives worked inside the prison for many years, they would never talk about their jobs. This book covers the years 1934-1948. A MUST read for those interested in the REAL Story of the Bureau Of Prison years. Looking forward to David's second book covering the years from 1949 to after the closing of Alcatraz in 1963.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    A great piece of history

    A well writtem book on the most publicized prison in history. Good facts that include the notorious gansters in the 1900s.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Fuck america

    This book sucks balls and if i could i wouldnt put no stars never

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    Posted February 27, 2014

    Hi is cool

    Hi my name is Bob

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Greatest book ever!!!!!!!!

    Like i said best book ever ward has really show he's best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Cool

    Watch the series

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