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The Birdman of Alcatraz Paperback – 1 Oct 1989
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Birdman of Alcatraz is a story of human endurance under monumental restrictions and difficulties. An immensely encouraging book, as it demonstrates the incredible potential in man to overcome enormous hardship and injustice, and the ability to rise above it all and make an highly respected contribution to the world.
The story of Robert F Stroud - the "Birdman of Alcatraz" - is widely-known through the much lauded Burt Lancaster movie of the same name. But the REAL story of Stroud is even more awe-inspiring.
I can confidently say that this book changed my life. Learning that a man like Stroud did what he did in the circumstances he was in, inspired me to be a man, take responsibility for myself and ultimately to study hard at school and college. Where parents, teachers and friends failed, Stroud (through Gaddis's excellent telling of this tale) was the driver for me to succeed academically in my life when all around me thought I would amount to nothing.
This is a great book - or rather a great story in a very well-written book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Read it and be inspired.