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A book that America needs to read. As a society, we can't keep going down long hard roads to end up in the same place
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So much of the meaning of Attica is misunderstood because of the decades of cover-up and lies by the Powers that Be in the State Police and the Governors' office. Professor Thompson was lucky enough to have reviewed materials that were hidden by the State of New York until 2006 and even then it disappeared within a few weeks and is still unavailable to the public. Therefore her well written reconstruction of the causes of the riot, the reaction, the murder and criminal negligence by the State Police and others and then the incredible lying and cover-up of the events by the Executive Office of the State of New York are important. One of the true villains of the matter was George Infante who was elected several times in my hometown of Albany County as Sheriff and then for 17 years as a County Legislator. HIs obituary told nothing of his part in the killing and torture and cover-up at Attica. Thankfully, Professor Thompson has been able to review from multiple sources and interviews the facts leading up to the horrible, unnecessary killings by the State Police and the aftermath and context of the treatment of prisoners in New York and elsewhere. I highly recommend this book.
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