Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
ISBN: 1400078245
EAN13: 9781400078240
Language: English
Publication Date: Aug 22, 2017
Pages: 752
Dimensions: 1.5" H x 9.2" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 2.02 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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 Read More chevron_right

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