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Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History

Winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize

National Book Award finalist

Los Angeles Times book prize finalist

New York Times notable book for 2016

Named a best book of the year by the Boston Globe, Newsweek, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly

The first definitive history of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising, the state's violent response, and the victims' decades-long quest for justice.

On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, the prisoners negotiated with officials for improved conditions during the four long days and nights that followed. On September 13, the state abruptly sent hundreds of heavily armed troopers and correction officers to retake the prison by force. Their gunfire killed 39 men - hostages as well as prisoners - and severely wounded more than 100 others. In the ensuing hours, weeks, and months, troopers and officers brutally retaliated against the prisoners. And, ultimately, New York State authorities prosecuted only the prisoners, never once bringing charges against the officials involved in the retaking and its aftermath, and neglecting to provide support to the survivors and the families of the men who had been killed. Drawing from more than a decade of extensive research, historian Heather Ann Thompson sheds new light on every aspect of the uprising and its legacy, giving voice to all those who took part in this 45-year fight for justice: prisoners, former hostages, families of the victims, lawyers and judges, and state officials and members of law enforcement. Blood in the Water is the searing and indelible account of one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century.

©2016 Heather Ann Thompson (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • GusLee
    09/08/17
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    "please read"

    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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Friedman
    La Quinta, California USA
    09/08/17
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    "A Wonderful HIstory of a True American Tragedy"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    19/10/17
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    "Not Our Finest Hour. A MUST READ."

    I am not at all surprised that Heather Ann Thompson has been awarded a Pulitzer, the Bancroft, the New York Times and various other awards for this book as it is absolutely BRILLLIANT.

    This volume is a report based on what actually happened and not on supposition. It is scary, disgusting and shameful. It made me cry, made me angry and made me feel so ashamed of a judicial system that was so blatant in it's bigotry.

    Erin Bennett's performance merely adds pathos to Ms. Thompson's words and isn't that what a narrator is supposed to do? She is superb.

    Normally I can listen to books as I go about my day in large blocks of time but not this one. I had to 'take it in'. Sometimes I had to re-listen to a chapter or two. Yes, it is that compelling. Sometimes so disturbing that I could not believe my own ears but knowing deep down that it really was true. You only have to 'Google' Attica Prison Images and there is the evidential proof the shame of the DOC and the Sheriff's Dept.

    If this genre is your 'cup o'tea' then I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cetera
    Texas
    23/06/17
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    "An advocate's view"

    Full of interesting stories. However seemed largely as an advocate's lengthy jury argument, which became irritating.

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful

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