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Newjack

Author : Ted Conover
ISBN : 1400033098
Genre : Social Science
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Acclaimed journalist Ted Conover sets a new standard for bold, in-depth reporting in this first-hand account of life inside the penal system at Sing Sing. When Ted Conover’s request to shadow a recruit at the New York State Corrections Officer Academy was denied, he decided to apply for a job as a prison officer himself. The result is an unprecedented work of eyewitness journalism: the account of Conover's year-long passage into storied Sing Sing prison as a rookie guard, or "newjack." As he struggles to become a good officer, Conover angers inmates, dodges blows, and attempts, in the face of overwhelming odds, to balance decency with toughness. Through his insights into the harsh culture of prison, the grueling and demeaning working conditions of the officers, and the unexpected ways the job encroaches on his own family life, we begin to see how our burgeoning prison system brutalizes everyone connected with it. An intimate portrait of a world few readers have ever experienced, Newjack is a haunting journey into a dark undercurrent of American life.
Category: Social Science

Newjack

Author : Ted Conover
ISBN : 9780091940959
Genre : Biography
File Size : 48.31 MB
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After he was denied access to report on Sing Sing, one of America's most notorious high security jails, journalist Ted Conover applied to become a prison guard. As a rookie officer, or 'newjack', Conover spent a year in the unpredictable, intimidating and often violent world of America's penal system. Unarmed and outnumbered, prison officers at one of America's toughest maximum security jails supervise 1,800 inmates, most of whom have been convicted of violent felonies: murder, manslaughter, rape. Prisoners conceal makeshift weapons to settle gang rivalries or old grudges, and officers are often attacked or caught in the crossfire. When violence flares up in the galleries or yard an officer's day can go from mundane to terrifying in a heartbeat. Conover is an acclaimed journalist, known for immersing himself completely in a situation in order to write about it. With remarkable insight, Newjack takes the reader as close to experiencing life in an American prison as any of us would ever want to get. It's a thrillingly told account of how the gruelling world of the prison system brutalizes all who enter it - prison guards and prisoners alike.
Category: Biography

Newjack

Author : Ted Conover
ISBN : 9781448116089
Genre : True Crime
File Size : 35.73 MB
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After he was denied access to report on Sing Sing, one of America's most notorious high security jails, journalist Ted Conover applied to become a prison guard. As a rookie officer, or 'newjack', Conover spent a year in the unpredictable, intimidating and often violent world of America's penal system. Unarmed and outnumbered, prison officers at one of America's toughest maximum security jails supervise 1,800 inmates, most of whom have been convicted of violent felonies: murder, manslaughter, rape. Prisoners conceal makeshift weapons to settle gang rivalries or old grudges, and officers are often attacked or caught in the crossfire. When violence flares up in the galleries or yard an officer's day can go from mundane to terrifying in a heartbeat. Conover is an acclaimed journalist, known for immersing himself completely in a situation in order to write about it. With remarkable insight, Newjack takes the reader as close to experiencing life in an American prison as any of us would ever want to get. It's a thrillingly told account of how the gruelling world of the prison system brutalizes all who enter it - prison guards and prisoners alike.
Category: True Crime

Immersion

Author : Ted Conover
ISBN : 9780226113067
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Over three and a half decades, Ted Conover has ridden the rails with hoboes, crossed the border with Mexican immigrants, guarded prisoners in Sing Sing, and inspected meat for the FDAand lived not only to tell the tales, but to write about them. His books and articlesincluding Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, winner of the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Awardhave made him one of the premier practitioners of immersion reporting, in which a writer becomes part of a specific world for a time to better understand and explain it to readers. This book distills the knowledge he has gained from his own immersion experiences for the benefit of writers at all levels undertaking similar projects. It also incorporates insights from other well-known writers in this genre, including Alex Kotlowitz, Anne Fadiman, and Sebastian Junger. The book covers such topics as how to get into a community, how to conduct oneself once inside, and how to shape and structure the stories that emerge from immersion, and it concludes with an annotated bibliography of exemplary immersive writing."
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Rolling Nowhere

Author : Ted Conover
ISBN : 0375727868
Genre : Transportation
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Offers a personal account of the author's adventures riding the rails with America's hoboes and presents a factual glimpse into the world of the modern-day hobo.
Category: Transportation

The Routes Of Man

Author : Ted Conover
ISBN : 9780307593061
Genre : Travel
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From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author of Newjack, an absorbing book about roads and their power to change the world. Roads bind our world—metaphorically and literally—transforming landscapes and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Roads have unparalleled power to impact communities, unite worlds and sunder them, and reveal the hopes and fears of those who travel them. With his marvelous eye for detail and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores six of these key byways worldwide. In Peru, he traces the journey of a load of rare mahogany over the Andes to its origin, an untracked part of the Amazon basin soon to be traversed by a new east-west route across South America. In East Africa, he visits truckers whose travels have been linked to the worldwide spread of AIDS. In the West Bank, he monitors highway checkpoints with Israeli soldiers and then passes through them with Palestinians, witnessing the injustices and danger borne by both sides. He shuffles down a frozen riverbed with teenagers escaping their Himalayan valley to see how a new road will affect the now-isolated Indian region of Ladakh. From the passenger seat of a new Hyundai piling up the miles, he describes the exuberant upsurge in car culture as highways proliferate across China. And from inside an ambulance, he offers an apocalyptic but precise vision of Lagos, Nigeria, where congestion and chaos on freeways signal the rise of the global megacity. A spirited, urgent book that reveals the costs and benefits of being connected—how, from ancient Rome to the present, roads have played a crucial role in human life, advancing civilization even as they set it back. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Travel

Inside Rikers

Author : Jennifer Wynn
ISBN : 9781429937603
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 76.43 MB
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Rikers Island--just six miles from the Empire State Building--is one of the largest, most complex and most expensive penal institutions in the world, yet most New Yorkers couldn't find it on a map. Jennifer Wynn, the director of the Fresh Start program at Rikers, takes readers into the jails and then back out-to the communities where her students were born and raised. She chronicles their journeys as they struggle to "go straight" and find respect in a city that fears and rejects them. Part memoir, part social commentary, Inside Rikers details the author's experiences on Rikers. Wynn offers a compelling portrait of its 18,000 inmates and how Rikers was transformed from one of the most violent jails into one of the safest.
Category: Social Science

Holding The Key

Author : Ted Conover
ISBN : 0743206649
Genre : Correctional personnel
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Journalist Ted Conover spent one year undercover as a prison officer at the notorious Sing Sing prison in Westchester, USA. There he participated in the most disturbing rituals of prison life, soon discovering how strip searches, forcible cell extractions and depriving men of the most basic of luxuries exacts a toll on inmates and officers alike. As jailer to some of the most dangerous men in the USA, Conover struggles against the indifference of disillusioned prison staff, the pent-up frustration of inmates and the seemingly impossible task of balancing decency with toughness. And Conover recounts the history of Sing Sing: its part in electric chair experimentation; the building of Sing Sing by the convicts in 1826; the brutality of the early regime. This unparalled exploration of the American penitentiary system finally asks us to consider the impasse between the need to imprison criminals and the dehumanization of guards and inmates that inevitably takes place behind bars. HOLDING THE KEY is an emotive, illuminating and unprecedented work of participatory journalism.
Category: Correctional personnel

Going Up The River

Author : Joseph T. Hallinan
ISBN : 9780375506932
Genre : Social Science
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The American prison system has grown tenfold in thirty years, while crime rates have been relatively flat: 2 million people are behind bars on any given day, more prisoners than in any other country in the world — half a million more than in Communist China, and the largest prison expansion the world has ever known. In Going Up The River, Joseph Hallinan gets to the heart of America’s biggest growth industry, a self-perpetuating prison-industrial complex that has become entrenched without public awareness, much less voter consent. He answers, in an extraordinary way, the essential question: What, in human terms, is the price we pay? He has looked for answers to that question in every corner of the “prison nation,” a world far off the media grid — the America of struggling towns and cities left behind by the information age and desperate for jobs and money. Hallinan shows why the more prisons we build, the more prisoners we create, placating everyone at the expense of the voiceless prisoners, who together make up one of the largest migrations in our nation’s history.
Category: Social Science

A Future Perfect

Author : John Micklethwait
ISBN : 0307485323
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 64.20 MB
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A Future Perfect is the first comprehensive examination of the most important revolution of our time—globalization—and how it will continue to change our lives. Do businesses benefit from going global? Are we creating winner-take-all societies? Will globalization seal the triumph of junk culture? What will happen to individual careers? Gathering evidence worldwide, from the shantytowns of São Paolo to the boardrooms of General Electric, from the troubled Russia-Estonia border to the booming San Fernando Valley sex industry, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge deliver an illuminating tour of the global economy and a fascinating assessment of its potential impact. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Business & Economics