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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2013
I read this book and really enjoyed it however after wards I read that a lot of the story wasn't true and some was made up completly. Apparently his cell mate was nothing like that described in the book and the events of the killing, what landed him his sentence weren't true. Also Dwaine was nothing like he described. . I have given the book 4 stars and this is based on the actual story which I really enjoyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2011
This book is fantastic. Very hard to put down once you've started it! Mr.Lerner uses a great dose of dark humour along with empathy and real fear to describe what has happened to him. A truly terrifying book that is also strangely funny. I highly recommend it! This book will make you want to be a good boy for the rest of your days so you never end up in the same place as he did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2003
This book is a must if your interested in knowing what goes on inside those 4 walls they call Prison ! The reading style is very easy to follow and this is probably the funniest book I have ever read. The author explains the violence, the different gangs and the brutality that goes on inside. This is a definite must read and you will not be disappointed !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2013
Really good book - I did do some research after having read it, and some of the facts have been brought into question, but this didn't detract from what was a great read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2002
following on from writers such as edward bunker jimmy lerners book is an eye-opening journey into the world of the american prison system. much of the writing will come as no suprise to anyone who has ever seen any film based inside a penetnetiary; the gangs, the tatoos, the violence and the suffering of the prisoners.
What this book brings is a different angle, The author was not a career criminal but someone who was pushed into a corner and the only way out is by commiting a crime.
The author manages to use his experience of middle management and corporate america to show how at a basic level not only are corporations and prisons fundamentally similar but also how the training he has acquired through years of management seminars can be employed in the prison courtyard and cell.
It shows the underbelly of the prison without being gratuitous or glamorizing but this isnt the point of the book, it is more of a lesson on human behaviour.
The book loses focus towards the end with the description of the crime causing the author to be incarcerated but overall a good read
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on 4 September 2014
I found this book quite difficult to read due to the way it is written.
It is about an american prisoner and has lots of slang in it.
Good insight into american prison life.
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on 28 May 2015
interesting book, doesn't 'go' anywhere but an interesting read
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2010
I first read this book about 8 years ago it is one of the best books i have ever read. I have since read dozens of books in the same group but never one as good as this, i have been trying with no success to get a copy for years i was delighted when i found it on Amazon would recommend it to anyone you will not regret buying this book.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Jimmy Lerner ploughs a new literary furrow for himself here, with his clever juxtaposition of corporate life and prison life. He often muses on how the primitive culture of prison life has developed and manifested itself in Corporate America, but you can't help feeling these are just idle musings, and he rarely comes to any enlightening conclusions.
Having said all that, this is an entertaining and easy read - his writing style creates an easy flow and he effectively creates powerful images of life in prison.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2003
Although a hugely entertaining book I have my doubts as to how much of this story is true. Too much of it fits together too neatly. Would a giant Nazi skinhead REALLY befriend a small 40 something jewish businessman in prison? But please just suspend your disbelief and read it as a thouroughly enjoyable yarn. If you want a real prison story read 'The Damage Done' by Warren Fellows.
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