Taut, suspenseful account of June 1962 Alcatraz "escape of the century" when three men disappeared.
Showing security lapses, staff morale, moderizations, building deteriorations and risky behavoir which led to the closing of the Rock.
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Jolene Babyak has beome one of the most knowledgeable authorities on The Rock, having interviewed and viewed the files of more than 175 people associated with Alcatraz. She also lived their briefly twice as a child, during when her father worked there for nine years, and one year as associate warden.From Library Journal:
Once the most infamous prison in the world, Alcatraz today is a tourist attraction across the bay from San Francisco. On a 22-acre battleship-shaped sandstone rock, Alcatraz defied escape attempts. Yet in 1962, there was a successful escape by three men. Babyak (The Ten Greatest Escapes) was a child at the time, living on the Rock with her father, acting warden Arthur Dollison. Combining her firsthand knowledge with newly released Alcatraz documents, she recapitulates the events surrounding the escape and speculates about what happened to the men, who were never heard from again. The mastermind, she thinks, was Allen West, a wily, longtime con who got Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin to join him. West's plans were brilliant in detail, including building a raft and leaving lifelike heads on the men's cots. Ironically, the plans were helped by Dollison's relaxing of some of the more stringent security rules and by errors made by the Alcatraz staff. In suspenseful detail, Babyak describes the course of events leading up to the fateful telephone call received by her father on the morning of June 12. West chickened out at the last minute, leaving him to say to everyone who would listen that he had "broken the Rock." Did the other three make it to safety? Babyak suspects that they did not. Yet what exactly happened remains a mystery that prison buffs can ponder. This is essential for all crime collections and, considering its lively cover, should do well in public libraries. Frances Sandiford, Green Haven Correctional Facility Lib., Stormville, NY
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Descrizione libro Ariel Vamp Press, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0961875232
Descrizione libro Ariel Vamp Press, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110961875232