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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: Unspecifie Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Diana | 1/29/2014

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

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