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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,542 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Conover Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing is the story of Conover's rookie year as a guard at Sing Sing. It is a nerve-jangling account of his passage into the storied prison and the culture of its guards - both fresh-faced newjacks like Conover and brutally hardened veterans. As he struggles to be a good officer, Conover angers inmates, dodges blows, works to balance decency with toughness, and participates in prison rituals - strip frisks, cell searches, cell extractions - that exact a toll on inmates and officers alike.

The tale begins with the corrections academy and ends with the flames and smoke of New Year's Eve on Conover's floor of the notorious B-Block. Along the way, Conover also recounts the history of Sing Sing, from draconian early punishment, to fame as the citadel of capital punishment, to its present status as New York State's bottom of the barrel prison.

This book will become a landmark of American journalism - the definitive presentation of the impasse between the need to imprison criminals and the dehumanization of inmates and guards - that almost inevitably takes place behind bars. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/3/2014

    " An interesting view of life inside a maximum security prison in New York as well as a meditation on the meaning of prisons. Conover trained as a corrections officer and worked at Sing Sing for a year to gather material for the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Lapierre | 1/31/2014

    " Glad I'm (a.) not a prison guard and (b.) not in prison. Harrowing look at life on the inside from an amazingly dedicated and thoughtful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 1/30/2014

    " Excellent book, interesting to learn about the behind the scenes of somewhere like Sing Sing. Really enjoyed the author's style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/29/2014

    " Behind the scenes of prison from the view of a journalist/prison guard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydney | 1/21/2014

    " Excellent immersion journalism and thoughtful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 1/17/2014

    " Conover goes undercover as a guard at Sing-Sing, a maximum security prison. What he learns about the inner workings of the of the penal system is shocking - it is brutally archaic. His description and detail engender a deep sense of pathos for both guard and inmate. A gritty, harsh read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Cassandra | 12/13/2013

    " I feel lucky to have access to the knowledge Ted Conover procured by spending a year working at Sing Sing. Parts were dry, as to be expected with the material. Overall, compelling and an important read considering the state of the US prison system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 12/10/2013

    " Fascinating and well-written account of the author's experience as a corrections officer at Sing-Sing prison. Well worth a read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 11/23/2013

    " Somewhat interesting but rarely exciting look at what it takes to be a prison guard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raul | 11/19/2013

    " Very good book, will read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisonjgoldstein | 11/5/2013

    " Great read. Raw and utterly intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/10/2013

    " Had to read in college for one of my many criminal justice course. Absolutely loved it! It has a great picture of how things actually are in prison. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/10/2013

    " So fucked up. But thrillingly interesting. I didn't care for Conover's prose most of the time, but the subject matter was good enough to keep me going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 4/11/2013

    " I understand there is a controversy in the world of journalism about the ethics of the reporting in this book, however I think the closed world of the American industrial penitentiary complex is a justifiable place to seek to offer some illumination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Nesbit-comer | 12/8/2012

    " These guards sound like jerks, but still liked the story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Griffin | 7/4/2012

    " 3.5 stars. Although a brave attempt at eyewitness journalism, I never really felt the immediate danger and uncertainty that must surely accompany the job of a corrections officer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanne | 2/24/2012

    " Fascinating look the world of the guards and the guarded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally | 10/24/2011

    " A great non-fiction, investigatory book on the Sing Sing prison in NY. Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mara Averick | 8/11/2011

    " Great journalism, amazing story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/27/2011

    " This was an absolutely fascinating read. Highly recommended! It's a travesty that more hasn't changed since it came out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/24/2011

    " An exercise in the best kind of experiential journalism--Conover took a job as a corrections officer just to write a book about the experience. There are several passages that are so intense they made my pulse race as I felt what it must be like to work in a maximum-security prison. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/7/2011

    " Thoroughly interesting and written almost as a novel. This memoir of a year in the world of Corrections is a page turner. Read it in 2 days--relevant as it is to my life right now :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 3/4/2011

    " A must-read for well, everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 3/3/2011

    " A great read to learn about the extreme challenges faced by those who work in prisons, especially officers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/20/2011

    " These guards sound like jerks, but still liked the story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gavin | 12/23/2010

    " Good perspective on the federal prison system, but was a bit boring, reflecting the pace of life of a corrections officer. "

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