Letters from Alcatraz features an impressive collection of original correspondence from inmates both on and off the Rock Their letters capture the true essence of life in prison, with fresh and historical insights to their sufferings and occasional triumphs It is a finer example of history from one of America s most historical treasures This rare collection features manLetters from Alcatraz features an impressive collection of original correspondence from inmates both on and off the Rock Their letters capture the true essence of life in prison, with fresh and historical insights to their sufferings and occasional triumphs It is a finer example of history from one of America s most historical treasures This rare collection features many never before published personal letters from Al Capone, George Machine Gun Kelly, Robert Stroud the Birdman of Alcatraz, Alvin Karpis, Henri Young, John Clarence Anglin, Roy Gardner and numerous others Also included are narratives on the Battle of Alcatraz and other harrowing escape attempts The letters are all presented in their original unedited form revealing in their authenticity, representing their lives suspended in slow motion while serving time on the Rock and other prisons They are confessionals of earnestness and probe their introspective thoughts Sometimes deep, and sometimes they are almost too overwhelmingly honest in their descriptive accounts Many represent their torn and textured histories in crime and the intricately layered stories of life at Alcatraz Letters from Alcatraz is an epic exploration of a secret cloak and dagger culture once hidden behind a mythical curtain This book is much than a mere exercise in myth busting Paired with its contextual and intrinsic complexities, Letters from Alcatraz grants readers privileged access to the formidable confinement conditions endured by these inmates along with their compelling portraits, and a thorough overview of the rich history of Alcatraz Island The depth of feeling in its story, its setting, its cast and sheer inimitability, these are their lives in prose and the stories of the forgotten
Letters from Alcatraz Letters from Alcatraz features an impressive collection of original correspondence from inmates both on and off the Rock Their letters capture the true essence of life in prison with fresh and histor
I read this on the plane home from San Francisco I went to visit Alcatraz for the first time yesterday and standing in the bookstore on the island I wanted to get the best book that told the most stories about the inmates They weren t allowed contact with the outside world no magazines, newspapers, TV or radio They were allowed letters from their families but the prison opened them first and retyped them if there was any information on what was happening outside the walls in them They then put c [...]
This was a great depiction of life on Alcatraz Reading the words written by the men who lived there and endured the path they chose was not only history, but the human soul and spirit at work To read the personal writings of notorious criminals makes you see them as normal as you and I And yet, they have been sentenced to a life of solitude with none of the pleasures that we enjoy Very well written and documented, although I would have liked to see letters of response from wardens and officials [...]
I started out thinking I would rate this book with 4 stars, because I didn t know much about Alcatraz and found the history, as well as the inmates letters interesting However, about two thirds of the way through the book the letters started to get rather repetitious in their content and I had to force myself to read the last quarter of the book just in case there was one out of the ordinary letter I might miss.
I found this book pretty interesting Only things that were a little distracting were the editing I found a few errors and I really wish the letters were in chronological order Other than those minor things, I found it interesting it was a fast read.
Great book with new insights that I was unaware of, though I ve read deeply about many of the criminals covered.
Very informativeI ve read numerous books on Alcatraz, but this volume provides a great insight into the lives of inmates that others failed to portray Additionally, the photos are superb All in all, a must read for anyone interested in the subject.
Si bien se presenta como un libro de correspondencias, se trata de una radiograf a completa de Alcatraz contada a trav s de la historia de algunos de los prisioneros m s conocidos de la historia Al Capone, Robert Stroud, Machine Gun Kelly, Mickey Cohen, entre otros.El contenido est desarrollado a partir de informaci n que el autor, Michael Esslinger , dej de lado en un libro m s completo que cuenta la historia de Alcatraz de principio a fin, con entrevistas a ex presidiarios, guaridas y director [...]
I started this book, then set it aside for several weeks, but finally finished it I found it difficult to read because of the large amount of errors The author said he was including the letters just as they were written with no editing However, I feel certain that many errors were ADDED to those letters I could tell from the word choice and sentence structure that some of the letter writers were quite intelligent and would not make the mistakes the letters contained It seemed as if someone had d [...]
It should have been titled letters from Leavenworth because 75% of correspondence was from, well, Leavenworth USP It was the same letter, over and over, written by different famous criminals No real insight to how prison life was The author did a good job at background descriptions but overall the flow of the book was monotonous and disconnected It would have maybe read better had I been able to zoom in on the small pictures of the handwritten letters I suggest paperback or an ereader with zoom [...]
This book was very interesting I found it haunting to hear the voices of prisoners and their loved ones through the letters sent to and from Alcatraz at the time Very moving, especially after having seen the island first hand The only thing that could have made this book better would be better organization It seemed that the author and editors were thinking of how to get the letters to fit on the page in a visually appealing way than putting them in chronologically While this did effect the imp [...]
Awesome pictures and backstory of the prisoners Some letters were cool and insightful but most of them were a bit on the boring side, all in all this may be best viewed on something newer than a kindle keyboard because the pages of the actual letters and correspondence, as well as the inmates ids were cool and would have been awesome to read I looked at a few on my computer and wished I was able to do so on my device Perhaps I will revisit this when I upgrade.
Enjoyed this book SO much The insights into the personal notes and lives of the inmates was unbelievable I loved the photographs and telegraphs.There were some issues where some letters were duplicated out of order prior to transference to print and this was annoying I wish the telegraphs were all transcribed to print Also some grammar issues, outside of the letters.Will read by this author has another book about Alcatraz and one about Veruca Salt
Uggers, I would not have wanted to be in Alcatraz No books, no magazines, no nothing except heavily redacted letters from the outside The book starts good and the author is great, but the letters and their personal authors are a tad on the boring side Nothing to be done about that and not Micheal s fault The books is what it is and it is done good for it Oh funny me.
This book told about the history of Alcatraz and what it was like to live there It also has letters written by the inmates to family and prison officials It was well written but was also slow in some places I found it interesting from a history point of view and even learned a few things that I didn t know about The Rock.
This book is about as good as I expected it to be I did find it interesting, and enjoyed reading the stories of some of History s most notorious criminals and gangsters, and while I was somewhat curious about their back stories I do not feel compelled to do any further research.
A great insight and perspective of Alcatraz through letters from the people that actually experienced it, along with their family and friends I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of Alcatraz or its inmates of long ago.
An interesting collection of stories from some of Alcatraz s notorious prisoners Pretty entertaining and it seems historically sound.
This book was very interesting but, given its non story telling nature, took me a long time to work through.
Very interesting, but kind of gets repetitive
interesting read A good book to pick up now and then and read a little at a time.
I liked the premise of this book but it really failed to hold my attention I have up only 30 pages in.
it gave a beautiful insight into the pain, loneliness and hopelessness felt by the prisoners very good.
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