Real Men Wear Beige is a fascinating look at a journey through the US criminal justice system that's truly unique in its perspective and delivery.
Like most people, before author Donato Alfredano gets caught up in the system, he's hardly given the issue of prison a thought. But his unanticipated arrest at JFK Airport on a charge of official misconduct was a reality check that would forever change his views on incarceration, and on a larger scale, life.
Donato's deeply expressive story chronicles his passage through the New York criminal justice system and on to a brief stint at the infamous Rikers Island, then to his local county jail to await his sentencing hearing, eventually landing in state prison on a five-year sentence.
One thing that stands out in this provocative narrative is the surprising diversity of personalities and experiences, which makes this book an invaluable resource for those interested in gaining a fuller view of the incarceration picture.
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An impassioned expose of life behind bars
I don’t often review a book, but Real Men Wear Beige was such an intriguing and insightful story that I wanted to share my enthusiasm. The author has a style of writing and explaining things that kept me wanting to hear more about his “jailhouse journey through the chaotic realm of concrete and steel.” I bought a copy of the Audiobook version and I can honestly say that his passionate narration was second to none - and the excerpts from the soundtrack of Alfredano’s “songs written behind prison walls” were poignant and cool. His expose’ of the prison system was not only illuminating, it was impassioned.
After reading Real Men Wear Beige, I purchased Alfredano’s first audio book, “Be Strong, Be Tough, Be Smart,” which was narrated by Roger Buehler and Natalya Bykov. Both were excellent. I strongly recommend that you listen to this audio book. For me, his first book validated what I’d already gathered from Real Men Wear Beige; that Alfredano is a considerate and compassionate individual who made a bad decision and paid dearly for it.
Yes, Real Men Wear Beige is a five star book and the Audiobook version is even better. As I mentioned, The author has a style of writing and explaining things that kept me wanting to hear more about his “jailhouse journey through the chaotic realm of concrete and steel.”
- Amazon Customer
Unbelievable View into the Justice System
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I would highly recommend that everyone either listen to this audio book or read the book to get a glimpse into the Justice System.
You hear so much about the Justice System and how it’s unfair and biased. You hear the stories of people falsely imprisoned and those that do not get as much time as they deserve. Donato Alfredano addresses these issues and so much more in the audio book version of his book, Real Men Wear Beige.
From the start of the book, Mr. Alfredano gives a frank and honest description of his experience in the Justice System. He paints an incredibly vivid picture of what life is like from the moment his incarceration started until his eventual release years later. There were times during the narrative that I was both stunned and disgusted by the conditions in which Mr. Alfredano lived and the events he viewed before him. He told stories about how other inmates landed behind bars. The stories of people imprisoned and sentenced compared to those set free astounded me more than once. His colorful descriptions of different prison fights, people who took revenge out on other inmates because of things they had said and done, were eye-opening, to say the least. In the case of Mr. Alfredano’s own revenge on a fellow inmate, I laughed.
Throughout the entirety of the audio book, I found myself horrified, disgusted, enlightened, and even amused at some of the events that took place during Mr. Alfredano’s time in the Justice System. Mr. Alfredano showed me how, like all places in society, people earned respect, developed friendships, and depended on one another for survival. For someone new to incarceration, I was impressed with how Mr. Alfredano handled himself and interacted with his fellow detainees and inmates. After listening to the entire audio book, something I did in one day, I hoped that by sharing his experience with the world Mr. Alfredano might start a conversation that would lead to much needed changes to the Justice System.
- GrnEyed Reader