Committing Journalism: The Prison Writings of Red Hog

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“One of the great political works of our time, a book that ought to be required reading for every American citizen. . . .” —San Francisco Bay GuardianCommitting Journalism collects more than fifty essays by famed convict-writer Dannie Martin, a.k.a. “Red Hog” —hard-hitting, eloquent reports on the racism, brutality, inadequate health care, harassment, and other conditions of life behind the prison walls. When they first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle they made Martin a celebrity—and eventually the Bureau of Prisons tried to silence him.

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Overview

“One of the great political works of our time, a book that ought to be required reading for every American citizen. . . .” —San Francisco Bay GuardianCommitting Journalism collects more than fifty essays by famed convict-writer Dannie Martin, a.k.a. “Red Hog” —hard-hitting, eloquent reports on the racism, brutality, inadequate health care, harassment, and other conditions of life behind the prison walls. When they first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle they made Martin a celebrity—and eventually the Bureau of Prisons tried to silence him. Peter Sussman, Martin’s editor at the Chronicle, interweaves the story of their struggle, their collaboration, and their friendship. The result is a work of irrefutable witness, a gripping narrative, a book that gives a human face to America’s swelling prison population.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Martin (aka Red Hog) draws together 50 of his controversial essays on the harsh treatment of prisoners with the help of San Francisco Chronicle editor Sussman. (June)
Library Journal
Convicted bank robber Martin attracted the attention of Sussman, editor of the San Francisco Chronicle 's Sunday Punch section, with an article on AIDS he wrote in prison. For the next five years, to the chagrin of the prison authorities, Martin's articles appeared regularly in the Chronicle under his pen name, Red Hog. The articles reprinted here are interspersed with comments by Sussman. A less talented journalist than Jack Abbott ( In the Belly of the Beast , LJ 6/1/81) or Wilbert Rideau ( Life Sentences , LJ 6/15/92), Martin nonetheless gives a genuine picture of life behind bars. Readers who are fascinated by this hapless world of victors and victims will find a great deal to interest them here, though the book will probably not attract the general reader. An optional purchase.-- Frances Sandiford, Green Haven Correctional Facility Lib., Stormville, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393313222
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/27/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 789,055
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    Prisons as a bureaucratic safehouse

    The book, Committing to Journaslim, is a glimpse into the hard reality of prison. Dannie Martin a.k.a. 'Red Hog' gives detailed accounts of day to day life in the prison system and how current events directly intertwine with that of prison life. Committing to Journalism gives convicts a vehicle in which to voice the overwhelming problem of bureaucratic politics that cripple the rights of convicts, while satisfying the BOP(Bureau of Prisons).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2001

    Excellent social issues book

    It makes no difference what your social or political views are. This is a book that should be read by everyone. It is well crafted, while discussing prison life, and the many issues within the correctional system. It ties together not just America's prisons and correctional system, but journalism as well and, thus, has extraordinary benefits for journalists and journalism students.

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