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This book was fascinating! It has a little bit of everything - the history and construction of the famous prison (I never knew it was THAT old!), what life was like *on the rock*, and the many attempted (and one perhaps successfull) escapes. Did they actually make it? Still a hotly debated subject to this very day. The amazingly creative plans that prisoners will think up in order to try and escape from a place that was considered UNescapable is incredible, and there were many that tried.
They really didnt have much to work with, as they were only given the very BARE essentials while there, unlike todays prisons. Inmates NOT getting any visitors due to its isolated location, and NO contact with the outside world except for letters. A REAL prison!!!
To be honest, I havent read any other books about Alcatraz...but surely there cannot be ONE thing that was left uncovered in this book! So much information! This book isnt done in typical story format, so it can easily be listened to in segments instead.
If you love historical non-fiction you will enjoy this. It gives you a very good idea of what convict life was like back in the day. The narrator was perfect! Excellent choice for this book and subject matter.
I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for my review opinion. THANK YOU :)
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Like many people, I suppose, I had always though no one had ever successfully escaped the inescapable Alcatraz. “Escaping Alcatraz: The Untold Story of the Greatest Prison Break in American History” corrects that misconception and also details the fourteen total escapes – successful and otherwise – from the Rock.
The first section of the book details the facility’s history and then recaps all of the attempted escapes. It then tells the story of the only successful escape from Alcatraz on June 11, 1962. But after telling the tale the author then goes back and details the plot of the escape which, to my way of thinking, would have been more logical before telling the tale of the escape itself but that’s just me.
Dave Clark does an admirable job of narration and overall “Escaping Alcatraz” is an enjoyable experience.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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