• Escaping Alcatraz

  • The Untold Story of the Greatest Prison Break in American History
  • By: Michael Esslinger, David Widner
  • Narrated by: Dave Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-30-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ocean View Publishing
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Under the cover of night on June 11, 1962, using only crude homemade tools, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin tunneled their way out of Alcatraz, America's most secure maximum security prison. Enacting a complex escape plan, the trio broke free from the cellblock, made it undetected past patrolling guards, inflated homemade life vests and a raft, and set sail into a foggy history. Made famous by the classic film Escape from Alcatraz starring Clint Eastwood and multiple Hollywood documentaries, this legendary mystery is still debated over a half century later.
Considered America's Devil Island, Alcatraz opened in August 1934 with the intent to turn the spectacularly colorful dispositions of America's worst criminals into a world of black and white. Cramped cells, stern discipline, strict rules, and an unrelenting routine shaped almost every aspect of daily life on the Rock. The island was a natural fortress, separated from the mainland by a narrow strait of frigid water and deadly currents. It was believed that no one could escape alive. With its damp cold and austere isolation, Alcatraz was the toughest of all federal penitentiaries - as tough as the criminals housed there - and it successfully contained some of America's most notorious outlaws.
In Escaping Alcatraz: The Untold Story of the Greatest Prison Break in American History, Alcatraz historian Michael Esslinger and David Widner, nephew of the Anglin brothers, both featured in the History Channel documentary Alcatraz: Search for the Truth, have compiled FBI and Bureau of Prisons investigative notes, original source documents from the Anglin family library, inmate case file records, interviews with key convicts and officers, and first-person accounts of officials who investigated the escape to produce one of the most detailed narratives of the famed prison break.
©2017 Michael Esslinger and David Widner (P)2018 Michael Esslinger and David Widner
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5 out of 5 stars
By Polly Poizendem on 03-27-18

Alcatraz A to Z . . .

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Tom Anderson on 03-11-18

Not-So Rock Solid

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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