In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison

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A visionary book in the repertoire of prison literature. This is a 37 year old man's account of 25 years behind bars.

A visionary book in the repertoire of prison literature. This is a 37-year-old man's account of 25 years behind bars.

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Overview

A visionary book in the repertoire of prison literature. This is a 37 year old man's account of 25 years behind bars.

A visionary book in the repertoire of prison literature. This is a 37-year-old man's account of 25 years behind bars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679732372
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Series: Vintage
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 227,452
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    BELIEVE IN ME

    my husband is in prison and has 14 more years to go because of us not having a good defense attorney for his trial. He told me to read this book so I can see what he through in prison. I am writing a book about our life... the trial, the hardships and a few other obstacles we have encountered. I want to share everything with him on the inside and out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    A victim of his own angry self-destruction. Mr. Abbott reports i

    A victim of his own angry self-destruction. Mr. Abbott reports incidents of beatings and torture in prison.
    At every turn he is getting the worse end of the stick. Mr Abbott states in his book "Theoretically, no one should belong in prison!" Read the book, it is a strange read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    EXCELLENT!!

    I'm not much of a reader myself, but i couldn't put this book down! It makes you think twice about who should really be the people behind bars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    Words from a Ghost of the Civil Dead

    Jack Henry Abbott's book is a horrific, yet thoughtful insight into life in a maximum security prison, taken from letters written to Pulitzer Prize wining author Norman Mailer. While many may find Abbott's take on the American justice system, politics, and philosophy to err on the side of the left, I found this to be a searing inditement into not only the frailties within our system of incarceration, but also the frailties within our society as a whole. Despite a limited experience of life outside prison, Abbott has many pertinent comments to make about a system which rewards the rich, and punishes the poor. The fact that his suicide letter has never been seen by anyone outside the prison system in America is damning evidence, and only lends weight to Abbott's claims of gross injustice within the maximum security penal institution. He never claims to be anything other then what he is: a creation of the prison system. His insight and skill with the written word makes this a crucial book for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the problems exisiting in our treatment of criminals, and our system of incarceration today.

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