Alcatraz: The Gangster Years / Edition 1

Alcatraz: The Gangster Years / Edition 1

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by David Ward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520256077

ISBN-13: 9780520256071

Pub. Date: 05/19/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin Karpis, "Dock" Barker—these were just a few of the legendary "public enemies" for whom America's first supermax prison was created.
In Alcatraz: The Gangster Years, David Ward brings their stories to life, along with vivid accounts of the lives of other infamous criminals who passed through the

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Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin Karpis, "Dock" Barker—these were just a few of the legendary "public enemies" for whom America's first supermax prison was created.
In Alcatraz: The Gangster Years, David Ward brings their stories to life, along with vivid accounts of the lives of other infamous criminals who passed through the penitentiary from 1934 to 1948. Ward, who enjoyed unprecedented access to FBI, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Federal Parole records, conducted interviews with one hundred former Alcatraz convicts, guards, and administrators to produce this definitive history of "The Rock." Alcatraz is the only book with authoritative answers to questions that have swirled about the prison: How did prisoners cope psychologically with the harsh regime? What provoked the protests and strikes? How did security flaws lead to the sensational escape attempts? And what happened when these "habitual, incorrigible" convicts were finally released? By shining a light on the most famous prison in the world, Ward also raises timely questions about today's supermax prisons.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520256071
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/19/2009
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 6.28(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reconstructing the Life of a Prison

Part I. Alcatraz from 1934 to 1948
1. The Federal Government's War on Public Enemies
2. A New Form of Imprisonment
3. Selecting the “Worst of the Worst”
4. The Program
5. Organized Resistance: A Regime Tested
6. Finding a Hole in the Rock: The First Escape Attempts
7. Alcatraz on Trial
8. The War Years
9. The Battle of Alcatraz

Part II. Life on the Rock for Resisters and Public Enemies
10. Resistance and Adaptation
11. Outlaws among Outlaws
12. Celebrity Prisoners

Part III. Alcatraz as an Experiment in Penal Policy
13. Return to the Free World
14. Lessons from Alcatraz for Supermax Prisons

Epilogue
Bibliographic Commentary
Acknowledgments
About the Authors

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Alcatraz: The Gangster Years 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
glodo More than 1 year ago
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.
Cabezone More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Al capone is known as scarface than who is scareface known as
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This book sucks balls and if i could i wouldnt put no stars never
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like i said best book ever ward has really show he's best
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A well writtem book on the most publicized prison in history. Good facts that include the notorious gansters in the 1900s.
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Hi my name is Bob
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Watch the series