Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy - Heather Ann Thompson

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Now is the time for this book. Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon, $35) is an in-depth look at a five-day revolt, and its aftermath, in one of the country’s most notorious prisons. To demand more humane treatment, 1,300 prisoners took charge of the entire facility, holding hostages to bolster their bargaining power. On the fifth day, the state stormed the prison with a show of brutal force, killing thirty-nine men—prisoners and hostages alike—and injuring hundreds more. Ultimately, only prisoners were tried, no state officials were held accountable, no support was given to the devastated victims and their families. This National Book Award Finalist is a report on mass incarceration, basic civil rights, and governmental abuse of power. Like I said, now is the time for this book.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780375423222
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Published: Pantheon - August 23rd, 2016

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ISBN: 9781400078240
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Published: Vintage - August 22nd, 2017

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital - David M. Oshinsky

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No hospital in American history has been the source of more lore, whispers, and tabloid exposés than New York’s Bellevue. David Oshinsky’s well-researched historical account, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital (Doubleday, $30), makes for reading as compelling as any true-crime thriller. The author of Polio and Worse than Slavery, Oshinksy delves bravely into all the corridors of Bellevue’s past.  On the one hand Bellevue was one of the largest hospitals in American history and housed many of the best medical researchers, attending physicians, and professional nurses of the nineteenth century. On the other, it was viewed as a “bare-bones receptacle for the poorest of the poor, the dregs of society, the semi-criminal, starving, unwelcome class, who suffer and die unrecognized.” An absorbing topic, no doubt, and when you package it with Oshinsky’s easy writing style, you’ll spend hours engrossed in this book only to emerge wondering where the time has gone.

Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War - Ben Macintyre

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The basic premise will be familiar to readers and movie-goers the world over: a band of disparate characters comes together, overcomes long odds to find common cause, and sets off on epic adventures to achieve greatness as a unified force. From The Lord of the Rings to The Magnificent Seven and The Guardians of the Galaxy, this trope has been used with great effect. The story Ben MacIntyre tells in Rogue Heroes (Crown, $28) is just such a tale but with an added enticement: it is all completely true. MacIntyre expertly charts a pulse-raising narrative about the formation of Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS), a now legendary special operations unit, during World War II. Filled with striking characters like SAS-founder David Stirling, a man once described as being “quite, quite irresponsible,” to Jock Lewes, Stirling’s second recruit and someone who struck his peers as resembling a warrior from a bygone era, the heroism and shortcomings of this group are as amazing and astonishing as those in any fictional thriller. On their very first mission, for example, SAS recruits had to parachute behind enemy lines, during a gale-force storm—with essentially zero parachuting experience. As SAS Sergeant Jim Almonds wrote, “reality beats fiction for sheer, cold, calculating courage. Films and books of adventure fall far short of the real thing.”

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ISBN: 9781101904183
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Published: Crown - August 29th, 2017

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