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Alcatraz : the gangster years

Author: David A Ward; Gene G Kassebaum
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Ward, David A.
Alcatraz.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009
(DLC) 2008021232
(OCoLC)228300841
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David A Ward; Gene G Kassebaum
ISBN: 9780520942981 0520942981
OCLC Number: 669509051
Description: 1 online resource (xxvii, 548 p., [32] p. of plates) : ill., map, ports.
Contents: Part I, Alcatraz from 1934 to 1948. 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 --
Part II, Life on the rock for resisters and public enemies. Resistance and adaptation --
Outlaws among outlaws --
Celebrity prisoners --
Part III, Alcatraz as as experiment in penal policy. Return to the free world --
Lessons from Alcatraz for supermax prisons.
Responsibility: David A. Ward ; with Gene Kassebaum.

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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 - Alcatraz - was created. This  Read more...

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