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Alcatraz : the gangster years /
David A. Ward ; with Gene Kassebaum.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
description
xxvii, 548 p.
ISBN
0520256077 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520256071 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
isbn
0520256077 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520256071 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
The federal government's war on public enemies -- A new form of imprisonment -- Selecting the "worst of the worst" -- The "program" -- Organized resistance : a regime tested -- Finding a hole in the rock : the first escape attempts -- Alcatraz on trial -- The war years -- The battle of Alcatraz -- Resistance and adaptation -- Outlaws among outlaws : individual resisters -- Celebrity prisoners -- Return to the free world -- Lessons from Alcatraz for "supermax" prisons.
catalogue key
6818613
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Excerpts
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"Ward has collected the most impressive documentation anywhere on the workings of a prison. A unique and wonderful work of sociology and history."--Howard Becker, author ofOutsiders: Studies in the Sociology of DevianceandArt Worlds
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"Ward has collected the most impressive documentation anywhere on the workings of a prison. A unique and wonderful work of sociology and history."--Howard Becker, author of Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance and Art Worlds "This groundbreaking history of the country's most notorious prison is the first to give an in-depth analysis of the interaction between the guards and the prisoners. Ward captures the Alcatraz experience with the accuracy of someone who has practically been there and lays to rest many of the myths that have grown up around the prison. No longer will the story-tellers be able to describe the inmates as 'the worst of the worst' without qualification. Their individual stories come alive as the author records the varied life experiences that brought them to Alcatraz and describes their coping mechanisms. A unique and fascinating study."--Morton Sobell, Alcatraz Inmate #AZ699 1950-1963, author of On Doing Time
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"Ward has collected the most impressive documentation anywhere on the workings of a prison. A unique and wonderful work of sociology and history."--Howard Becker, author ofOutsiders: Studies in the Sociology of DevianceandArt Worlds "This groundbreaking history of the country's most notorious prison is the first to give an in-depth analysis of the interaction between the guards and the prisoners. Ward captures the Alcatraz experience with the accuracy of someone who has practically been there and lays to rest many of the myths that have grown up around the prison. No longer will the story-tellers be able to describe the inmates as 'the worst of the worst' without qualification. Their individual stories come alive as the author records the varied life experiences that brought them to Alcatraz and describes their coping mechanisms. A unique and fascinating study."--Morton Sobell, Alcatraz Inmate #AZ699 1950-1963, author ofOn Doing Time
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Alcatraz, as David Ward has re-created it, is irresistible to read about."
"Alcatraz, as David Ward has re-created it, is irresistible to read about."-- California Lawyer
"Alcatraz, as David Ward has re-created it, is irresistible to read about."--California Lawyer
"Alcatraz: The Gangster Years deserves a place in the library of anyone or institution."
"Alcatraz: The Gangster Years deserves a place in the library of anyone or institution."-- California Historian
"Enjoyable as well as informative. Anyone who has read it is unlikely to look upon the Rock quite the same way ever again."
"Enjoyable as well as informative. Anyone who has read it is unlikely to look upon the Rock quite the same way ever again."-- San Francisco Chronicle
"Enjoyable as well as informative. Anyone who has read it is unlikely to look upon the Rock quite the same way ever again."--San Francisco Chronicle
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Summaries
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'Alcatraz' looks to answer the questions that have swirled about the prison: 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?
Main Description
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. InAlcatraz: 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."Alcatrazis 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
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introduction: Reconstructing the Life of a Prisonp. 1
Alcatraz from 1934 to 1948
The Federal Government's War on "Public Enemies"p. 13
A New Form of Imprisonmentp. 49
Selecting the "Worst of the Worst"p. 70
The Programp. 97
Organized Resistance: A Regime Testedp. 120
Finding a Hole in the Rock: The First Escape Attemptsp. 150
Alcatraz on Trialp. 181
The War Yearsp. 205
The Battle of Alcatrazp. 238
Life on the Rock for Resisters and Public Enemies and Public Enemies
Resistance and Adaptationp. 283
Outlaws among Outlawsp. 304
Celebrity Prisonersp. 338
Alcatraz as an Experiment in Penal Policy
Return to the Free Worldp. 385
Lessons from Alcatraz for Supermax Prisonsp. 445
Epiloguep. 461
Notesp. 467
Bibliographic Commentaryp. 519
About the Authorsp. 523
Indexp. 525
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