Alcatraz - The History of an Island Prison: From the Development to an American Myth
By: Donna L. Van Raaphorst (author)Hardback
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This study provides the only available chronologically complete history of Alcatraz Island. It challenges many commonly held assumptions about Alcatraz as a prison for dangerous criminals. This study clearly demonstrates that Alcatraz and Alcatraz inmates were not what most people believe them to have been. With the exception of a handful of colorful high profile prisoner's e.g. Al Capone, the Birdman of Alcatraz, the inmates were remarkably like those in other federal penitentiaries. Although not excessively brutal, as Hollywood movies depicted it, the institution was harsh in its own way. This work should appeal to a wide audience from the public in general and to those in academic institutions.
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