Battle at Alcatraz: A Desperate Attempt to Escape the Rock

Battle at Alcatraz: A Desperate Attempt to Escape the Rock

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by Ernest B. Lageson
     
 

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One of the bloddiest battles in the history of American prisons occurred at Alcatraz in May 1946, when prisoners staged a breakout, obtaining guns from the gun gallery and taking nine guards hostage. The escape attempt was the cumination of months of methodical planning. But, when a last-minute glitch foiled their escape, inmates shot the hostages in effort to leave… See more details below

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One of the bloddiest battles in the history of American prisons occurred at Alcatraz in May 1946, when prisoners staged a breakout, obtaining guns from the gun gallery and taking nine guards hostage. The escape attempt was the cumination of months of methodical planning. But, when a last-minute glitch foiled their escape, inmates shot the hostages in effort to leave no witnesses. Before order was restored, thousands of rounds were fired by federal prison personnel and a detachment of the U.S. Marines. Among the guards who survived the shooting was Ernie Lageson, Sr. the author's father. Now in Battle at Alcatrz, author Ernie Lageson Jr. passes on his father's story. Meticulously researched, this compelling story offers an insider's perspective on both the notorious riot and life inside the most infamous prison in America. Eight pages of photos.

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Library Journal
After months of planning, six inmates attempted to escape from the infamous Alcatraz prison in May 1946. Although their plan was thoroughly thought out, it failed because the key needed for escape from the cell block was missing. Instead, a battle ensued between the inmates and the prison authorities. The author is the son of one of the guards taken hostage that day. When the plan failed, the guards were shot so that there would be no witnesses. Miraculously, though, the hostages were only wounded and kept still, pretending to be dead. In the meantime, the inmates fought to the bitter end: three died in the battle, and the other three eventually stood trial. Lageson thoroughly researched this tragedy, giving the reader a real feeling of what happened that day. Although he does give the readers an update of the principal characters involved, he fails to follow up on the aftermath of the incident. Nevertheless, libraries with an interest in prison history will probably want this for their collections.--Michael Sawyer, Northwestern Regional Lib., Elkin, NC
Booknews
In May 1946, six inmates attempted to escape from Alcatraz prison. They took nine hostages and refused to surrender, while US Marines shelled the cell house and five Coast Guard ships and a Navy destroyer circled the island during a three-day siege. When the inmates realized their escape was doomed, they shot the hostages. The author's father was one of the hostages shot, and he offers an insider's account of the riot and of life inside the infamous prison. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936374588
Publisher:
Addicus Books
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
594,260
File size:
2 MB

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