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The Birdman of Alcatraz Paperback – 1 Oct 1989

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Product details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Comstock Editions Inc (Oct. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891740554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891740551
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.7 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thomas E. Gaddis has produced an absolutely incredible work! The story of Robert Stroud's life in prison - in solitary confinement, is thoroughly interesting, gripping and thought-provoking. The reader really gets to know Robert Stroud, and is left with a feeling of great respect and admiration for a man who, despite the absolute horrors of a life spent mostly in solitary confinement, was nevertheless able to develop his potential to become a world famous ornithologist and author.
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.
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Inspirational book about how a man overcomes the hardships and limitations of years in prison, transforming himself from a brutal illiterate into a man respected throughout the world for this contributions to science. Fascinating story, well told by the author. The movie, starring Burt Lancaster, is excellent as well, but read the book first.
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This is without doubt one of the most important and personally influential books I have ever read.

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.
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Easy to read and very interesting!
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A classic
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