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Christopher Murray has done a superb job investigating the history of the Washington State Penitentiary and the individuals involved. I felt the reporting was balanced and fair, making sure to get multiple accounts of events from incarcerated individuals, correctional officers, local administrators, and administrators/politicians in Olympia.
I do have to admit, I am the daughter of one of the individuals mentioned in this book. I was born only eight days after the death of Sgt. Cross. Although I have heard these stories many times, I was still riveted by Mr. Gully's narration and got lost in the telling of the Saturday Night Live riot. I forgot I knew how the story ends and my body tensed as I wondered if my dad was going to be okay.
I enjoyed John N Gully's narration. He annunciates his words with precision and I never had to rewind because I didn't understand. My only criticism is the way he pronounces the word, "superintendent." It's petty, I know. I just thought it was weird.
I absolutely recommend this book. I don't know why it hasn't been made into a movie yet.
I would recommend this book to anybody interested in prison reform, criminal justice, social justice, history, or politics.
This is a fantastic book by Christopher Murray and it's complimented perfectly by John N Gully's performance. A must-read (listen) for sure!