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Alcatraz: A History of the Penitentiary Years By Michael Esslinger,

  • Title: Alcatraz: A History of the Penitentiary Years
  • Author: Michael Esslinger
  • ISBN: 8581230456086
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • ALCATRAZ the name alone said it all It was meant to send a shudder down the spines of the nation s most incorrigible criminals It stripped Al Capone of his power It tamed Machine Gun Kelly into a model of decorum It took the birds away from the Birdman of Alcatraz.When prisoners boarded the boat for Alcatraz, they knew that they had reached the end of the line NALCATRAZ the name alone said it all It was meant to send a shudder down the spines of the nation s most incorrigible criminals It stripped Al Capone of his power It tamed Machine Gun Kelly into a model of decorum It took the birds away from the Birdman of Alcatraz.When prisoners boarded the boat for Alcatraz, they knew that they had reached the end of the line Not only was this the toughest of all Federal penitentiaries, but it was also said to be virtually escape proof The island was a natural fortress, separated from the mainland by a narrow strait of freezing water and deadly currents This prison was the U.S government s drastic answer to the lawlessness unleashed under Prohibition, which continued throughout the Roaring Twenties and into the teeth of the Great Depression Alcatraz, with its damp cold and austere isolation, its rigid discipline and strict rule of silence, was as tough as the criminals that were sent there, and by the time the prison closed down in 1963, the Rock had indisputably done its job.Alcatraz A History of the Penitentiary Years has sustained as a staple reference for staff members on Alcatraz and remains one of the most comprehensive references chronicling the history This mammoth reference navigates the island s history through rarely seen documents, interviews and hundreds of pages of historic photographs Author interviews range from men such as legendary FBI fugitive James Whitey Bulger Dale Stamphill, a principle in the 1938 escape with Doc Barker and Henry Young to Atom Spy Morton Sobell, the codefendant of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.Michael Esslinger thoroughly details the prominent events, inmates, and life inside the most infamous prison in American History His research included hundreds of hours examining actual Alcatraz inmate case files including rare original documents from Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and over a hundred others exploring the prison grounds from the rooftop to the waterfront to help retrace events, escape routes, in addition to conducting various interviews with former inmates guards Esslinger interviewed a variety of principle figures, comprised of both convicts and officers who were either involved, on duty, or on Alcatraz during nearly escape attempt Interviews included prisoners and officers that covered each era of operations at Alcatraz from the early military period in the late 1920 s, through the federal years, 1934 to 1963.His study has resulted in detailed accounts of all the recorded escape attempts including the Battle of Alcatraz A detailed account of the 1962 escape of Frank Morris and the Anglin Brothers provides rare insight extracted through photos, and over 1,700 pages of FBI and Bureau of Prisons investigative notes.Detailed narratives of Alcatraz s most notable inmates who include Robert Stroud Birdman of Alcatraz , Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Frank Morris, the Anglin Brothers, Doc Barker, Joe Cretzer, Bernard Coy, Miran Thompson, Sam Shockley, and many many others Alcatraz The History of the Penitentiary Years, is a comprehensive reference on the history of Alcatraz and contains one of the most comprehensive archives of inmate and prison life photographs over 1,000.WARNING This book contains graphic depictions of extreme crime and violence and may not be suitable for all readers.
    Alcatraz A History of the Penitentiary Years ALCATRAZ the name alone said it all It was meant to send a shudder down the spines of the nation s most incorrigible criminals It stripped Al Capone of his power It tamed Machine Gun Kelly into a mode

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    1. This is a very good book I learned a lot about criminals from the 1930s to the 1960s I also learned a lot about the various escape attempts It is very sad that people s crimes result in this type of incarceration This is all due to people leading ungodly lives This book proves that it is so much better to lead a Godly life Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation The old has passed away behold, the new has come 2 Corinthians 5 17

    2. If you have ever visited Alcatraz and listened to the combination of the Rangers and the audio tour then you have already ingested the meat of this book If you haven t visited Alcatraz, then this book can basically act as a substitute The book is basically a giant walk through the park As if you were walking through Alcatraz, the book takes the reader through the destinations on the Island Stopping at each destination, such as Cellblock D, the book offers plethora of pictures, historical and arc [...]

    3. This really lives up to its title it IS a definitive history of Alcatraz We purchased this after a trip to California last summer, when we took the National Park tour of the prison Reading the book after visiting was very rich, because I could picture everything I read about in my head The author did an incredible amount of research for this historical info on many inmates, interviews and photos about every escape attempt in Alcatraz s history, even visiting various inmates graves across the cou [...]

    4. Michael Esslinger has included absolutely everything about Alcatraz in this book The first third encompasses all the physical aspects of the island and prison from the 1600s to the present it s uses as a shield from enemy ships, it s uses during the Civil War and both World Wars followed by it s use as a military prison and, finally, a federal prison for America s most wanted mobsters and violent offenders There are maps and illustrations for every location, person and event covered.The middle s [...]

    5. The book is very well researched and the photos truly add another dimension The middle chapters for myself dragged down the book a bit Detailed histories were given for some of the prisoners and after awhile they blurred together as a short summary would be prisoner as a child grew up in poverty, was one of at least six siblings, and had a parent die at an early age.

    6. Not really a book for reading from start to finish It s an info dump a good info dump, but an info dump nonetheless Best for dipping in every once in a while and learning something interesting.

    7. Meticulously researched and written, this book meets the criteria of A Definitive History A fascinating read

    8. I think most of the other reviews summed it up pretty well If the subject of Alcatraz interests you, this book is for you.

    9. well reviewed book with lots of information, facts, pictures and personal backgrounds This book really does indicate what a horrid exsistence the prison system is set up to be.

    10. A review of the outstanding book entitled AlcatrazThus is a well researched book that is well written and it presents a number of reasons for various assumptions that were detailed and explained by the author This book covers all the history and leaves no questions This is really a excellent book that leaves no question unanswered I would recommend this book to anyone that has an undying curiosity for material goods mixed with a undying need to explore

    11. I tore through this book You could say its an info dump that gets a little monotonous when it hits the list of prison breaks towards the end Though other than that flaw, I think it is very well written and presented without bias or opinion and yet is very compelling Esslinger is also very thorough in its research I appreciated everything about this book myself.

    12. Mention the word Alcatraz, and all kinds of things may come to mind When it is said that this book is the definitive history of Alcatraz, it isn t kidding The author has done a tremendous amount of research from the time it was discovered by the Spanish explorers, made into a military outpost, and of course United States Penitentiary Alcatraz with some of the most notorious and colorful criminals in residence at one time or another The author covers the transition to USP, the wardens, life on Al [...]

    13. This was a very thorough history of Alcatraz, and I really enjoyed this book At times I did find myself losing interest when reading about all of the escape attempts only because the author gave a great deal of background on each inmate involved in a particular attempt and I was interested in how the escape was planned, attempted, etc So many of the inmates had a very similar background with being involved with bank robberies that their bios looked a lot alike I loved all of the photos of the i [...]

    14. This volume is a mostly cut and dried history of Alcatraz It starts with the Explorers during the Age of Exploration who missed it and goes all the way through today as a National Park It gives a listing and history of most notorious inmates, details on all escape attempts and has LOTS of photographs to support every element of the history.Overall, I enjoyed the book I love exploring history, and the fact that the text is not at all dramatized, did not bother me at all Parts of it are very detai [...]

    15. I enjoyed this a lot The book provides an exhaustive, yet interesting history of Alcatraz island from it s early beginnings as a military installation, throught it s time as a Federal Penitentiary, and a brief blurb on its existence as a part of the National Park Service Esslinger did an exhaustive amount of research on the topic, and provides insight into the lives of some of the infamous inmates, as well as a detailed account of the numerous escape attempts As a history buff, I enjoyed it imm [...]

    16. Meticulously researched, this book on the history of Alcatraz covers so much than just the penitentiary years The history of Alcatraz Island in the years before the United States Bureau of Prisons took it over is fascinating, especially how the island was the main defensive fortress against invaders by sea hoping to enter the San Francisco Bay The extensive photographs of Alcatraz are remarkable and include letters and reports It can be a little difficult to read the reports on a Kindle Paperwh [...]

    17. Well written, thorough account of the notorious island prison in the San Francisco Bay, from the Spanish Explorations of the Golden Coast through its use by the US Military as a fortress, through the penitentiary years, and the 1969 Occupation, this book is loaded with histories, photographs, diagrams, profiles, stories, legends, and copies of official documents related to the crimes, criminals, guards, wardens, and escape attempts at The Rock Highly enjoyable if you like historical accounts, ha [...]

    18. Very detailed history of Alcatraz from the discovery of the island to its days as a military fortress, and then of course, its years as a federal penitentiary The author tells of the lives of many infamous inmates, such as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, and the Birdman of Alcatraz He also goes into great detail about the well known escape attempts from the Rock I didn t really know much about Alcatraz going in, so this was a very worthwhile read There are also many pictures and diagrams to enh [...]

    19. I got this book for free on my Kindle app on my phone It was very interesting Esslinger must have spent an insane amount of time doing research on this book It was very long, very in depth, had tons of pictures from as far back as when the prison first opened, and even documents from the prison There are chapters on the early years, how it changed over the years, the rules and regulations, chapters about the many famous Alcatraz prisoners, how the prison was closed, etc Honestly, I still haven t [...]

    20. I enjoyed this book I had basic knowledge of Alcatraz and after seeing a few films and the latest TV show about the prison I was intrigued enough to want to learn I m glad I picked this up It is well thought out and you can tell that Esslinger loved the prison and its inmates I found the pictures fascinating and a nice look at the then and now of the building, the prison guards, and the prisoners I also liked the breakdown of certain inmates and the information given.I might not run out and buy [...]

    21. Alkatrazo kal jimas San Franciske neveikia jau daugiau nei penkiasde imt met , ta iau iki pat i dien sal pl sta turistai, o institucijos istorija yra apipinta gandais ir legendomis Michael Esslinger i sik l u davin i siai kinti mitus ir u ra yti tikr j istorij kuri pradedama nuo salos atradimo I sam pasakojim apie legendin kal jim , jo rezidentus ir su juo susijusius vykius puikiai papildo gausios iliustracijos nuotraukos, planai, dokumentai jauti tarp lentynu 6

    22. Although this book contained a lot of unbiased and well researched information, it was pretty dry to read Even though the author warned of this in the beginning of the book, I still found myself kind of let down by the lack of emotion in the writing There was also a fair amount of overlap in information because of how the book was formatted and since some inmates were involved in multiple escape attempts.I plan to read a book written by either an inmate or a correctional officer to get a differe [...]

    23. I looked up this book after watching Escape from Alcatraz I wanted a better understanding of what America s most notorious prison was really like This book provides a well balanced examination of Alcatraz, focusing on its 29 years as a penitentiary Esslinger also includes information about the years before and after the island was used as a maximum security prison A fabulous collection of original source material, from interviews to reports to photographs Equal time and respect is given to the v [...]

    24. So much informationThe massive amount of information could have been pared down a bit, especially when it came to the pointless missed discovery stories and prison breaks Esslinger certainly researched the crap out of Alcatraz, but some of the facts should have been relegated to his only interesting to me file I found the early history of the prison, when guards and families lived on the island, to be fascinating There s a lot of interesting stories to be told about Alcatraz, and if you can wade [...]

    25. This book will pretty much tell you everything you want to know about Alcatraz It was very informative, but I think it lost me on the prison break section I guess it s sort of like you ve seen one prison break you ve seen them all Also, I really didn t like seeing pictures of dead people.This book is probably as close as I will ever get to the prison, and I learned a lot, so I m glad I read it.

    26. I did not finish reading this, not because it was bad nor uninformative but my interest in the subject dropped off.And it s rather hard to stay focused on a thick book like this when your interest is waning, sad to say.But I can say that if I ever need to know anything about the Alcatraz penitentiary, or at some point pick it up as anything other than a reference, I will come back to this.Very detailed, super informative, and the writing is decent Well put together book.

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