Clifford Irving's Prison Journal (a/k/a JAILING): [NOOK Book]

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When the Nixon administration dealt Clifford Irving a 2 ½ year prison sentence for committing the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax, the 41-year-old author was shocked . . . and unprepared to serve time. In prison, he learned how to jail and prevail. But then he was caught with contraband, moved to a three-star penitentiary, and later accused of inciting a riot and conspiring to kill the warden.

This is the true story of how Irving survived ...
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Overview

When the Nixon administration dealt Clifford Irving a 2 ½ year prison sentence for committing the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax, the 41-year-old author was shocked . . . and unprepared to serve time. In prison, he learned how to jail and prevail. But then he was caught with contraband, moved to a three-star penitentiary, and later accused of inciting a riot and conspiring to kill the warden.

This is the true story of how Irving survived and won the battle for his freedom. After his journal was excerpted in Playboy, the full memoir has not been available until this special eBook edition.



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Editorial Reviews

Playboy - Lawrence Gonzales
“The most insightful and dramatic tale of a prison experience that I’ve ever read. We had to publish it.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149250448
  • Publisher: Clifford Irving
  • Publication date: 3/16/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 180,244
  • File size: 961 KB

Meet the Author

Hello. I’m Clifford Irving. I was once on the cover of Time Magazine, and Hollywood made a movie about part of my life, with Richard Gere playing me.

I traveled twice around the world before most people living in it today were born, stood guard in an Israeli kibbutz, crewed on a 56' three-masted schooner that sailed the Atlantic from Mexico to France, smuggled whisky from Tangier to Spain, and one spring I lived on a houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir from where I rode horseback intoTibet.

Growing up in Manhattan, I studied painting at the High School of Music & Art. At Cornell University I chased beautiful but unconquerable Ivy League coeds, rowed on the crew, and dreamed of becoming a great writer. I sailed to Europe, settled on the decadent Mediterranean island of Ibiza, and wrote my first novel. I sent it to a literary agent in New York. G. P. Putnam’s Sons published it.

Was it really as easy and as quick as that? Of course not. I was lucky. And determined.

I taught at UCLA graduate extension school, with Betsy Drake and Cary Grant among my pupils. I became a correspondent to the Middle East for NBC. And I kept writing books.

In 1970, I created a writing event which became the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax. Many believe that the threat of the book’s publication, with its revelations of the Hughes-Nixon bribes, caused Nixon to approve the Watergate break-in.

My reward in 1972 for these accusations (and lunacy) was 16 months in three federal prisons.

Over time I wrote write 20 books that were published to varying degrees of success in many languages. (In the USA by Putnam, McGraw-Hill, and Simon & Schuster.)

Almost all of my books are on Nook and Kindle, and at affordable prices: $2.99 to $5.99. That’s cheaper than a paperback and a lot cheaper than a movie. A good read is one of the amazing pleasures offered to us by civilization.

“Move over, Butch and Sundance, it’s not that I love you both less, just that I’ve come to love Pancho and Tom more”– so said the New York Times Book Review about “Tom Mix and Pancho Villa,” which I believe is my best book, although “Trial,” by far, followed by “Daddy’s Girl,” and “Final Argument” – all legal thrillers – are the top sellers.

My manuscripts, notes, journals and correspondence are stored permanently at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, which acquired the archive in 2013.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Clifford Irving kept a journal during his 16 months in priso





    Clifford Irving kept a journal during his 16 months in prison and we are the richer for it.
     It’s full of humorous events, irony, drama, and, occasionally, terror.
    Even in prison, the author is framed for a crime he didn’t commit! How he battles out of that dilemma is heartwarming and ingenious.
    Of course it’s well written – it’s by CI – and you feel you are there.
    The beauty part.. you can put the book down and go for a walk as a free man or woman!

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

    Jailing, by Clifford Irving, was so captivating that I almost wi

    Jailing, by Clifford Irving, was so captivating that I almost wished he’d spent more than seventeen months in prison just so that I’d have more journal entries to read. I’m sure he’d disagree with me on that, but the immediacy of his observations was both highly entertaining and enlightening. Irving is the best-selling author who almost pulled off the fake autobiography of Howard Hughes in the early 1970s. The story was the subject of a major motion picture starring Richard Gere called The Hoax.




    That Irving was an experienced journalist as well as a novelist made for an engrossing read with surprises on more than one level. The characters he met while “jailing” were not only memorable, but often humorous as well. His insights turned some of my previous conceptions of prison life on their heads. For example, who would have thought that it didn’t pay to be a model prisoner when it came time for your parole hearing? Model prisoners don’t make a fuss, so the prison guards and administrators are motivated to keep them around—parole is often denied. On the other hand, being just enough of a thorn in their sides not to receive a longer sentence seemed to be best strategy. This is a great read, with meaningful insights into the nature of incarceration and the interactions of those on both sides of the bars. One of the most enjoyable reads I’ve come across in a long while. 

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