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The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison Hardcover – 1 Mar 1992
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"A page-turner, as compelling and evocative as the finest novel. The best book on prison I've ever read."--Jonathan Kellerman"Reporting at its very finest."--Los Angeles Times "The book is a large act of courage, its subject an important one, and . . . [Pete] Earley does it justice."--The Washington Post Book World "[A] riveting, fiercely unsentimental book . . . To [Earley's] credit, he does not romanticize the keepers or the criminals. His cool and concise prose style serves him well. . . . This is a gutsy book."--Chicago Tribune "Harrowing . . . an exceptional work of journalism."--Detroit Free Press "If you're going to read any book about prison, The Hot House is the one. . . . It is the most realistic, unbuffed account of prison anywhere in print."--Kansas City Star
"A superb piece of reporting."--Tom Clancy --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Pete Earley is a storyteller who has penned seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Hot House and Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. After a fourteen-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Earley became a full-time author with a commitment to exposing the stories that entertain and surprise. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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A searing account of hard men doing hard time in the hot house.
The author inserts short passages - in italics no less! - that are the stream of consciousness of some unnamed inmates. These are the passages in the book where the brutality of prison is showcased. During the more banal prose passages that make up most of the book, it is hard to maintain attention through the endless bureaucratic details of how the prison is run and how the inmates try to get on with the system.
It is hard to say - is this book trying to be Geraldo Rivera with a dash of italicised Jean Genet? There is a strange clash of writing styles which do not seem to work together towards any sort of coherent picture.
That said, some of the background to the lives of both prisoners and prison officers is interesting.
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