Abbott's experiences of a lifetime in incarceration take the form of excerpts from his letters to Norman Mailer, which are organised in related groups to form chapters. Reading this book takes you on a journey into one man's personal Hell. You will hear how he was repeatedly beaten to within an inch of not just his life, but also his sanity. You will hear how he has been stripped of humanity and yet manages to retain an earnest, almost innocent compassion towards his fellow man. And you will hear a frighteningly unique understanding of the human condition. Anybody who has ever wondered about the psychological effects of long-term imprisonment should treat this book as THE authoritative work. You may not agree with his political or philosophical views, but as long as you can open your mind to an experience outside your own, you will find this work enlightening.