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Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope

Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope
 

The unbelievable true story of Albert Woodfox, a man who spent forty-three years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana jail for a crime he didn't commit

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ISBN 9781911231271
Barcode 9781911231271
Published 1 May 2019 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Woodfox, Albert
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ISBN-13 9781911231271
ISBN-10 1911231278
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Text Publishing
Publication Date 1 May 2019
International Publication Date 11 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Woodfox, Albert
Category Biography & Autobiography
Penology & Punishment
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 364.1092
Catalogue Code 979832

Description of this Book

Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement-in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana-all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. That he was able to emerge whole from his odyssey within America?s prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit, and makes his book a clarion call to reform the inhumanity of solitary confinement in the U.S. and around the world.Arrested often as a teenager in New Orleans, inspired behind bars in his early twenties to join the Black Panther Party because of its social commitment and code of living, Albert was serving a fifty-year sentence in Angola for armed robbery when on April 17, 1972, a white guard was killed. Albert and another member of the Panthers were accused of the crime and immediately put in solitary confinement by the warden. Without a shred of actual evidence against them, their trial was a sham of justice that gave them life sentences in solitary. Decades passed before Albert gained a lawyer of consequence; even so, sixteen more years and multiple appeals were needed before he was finally released in February 2016.Remarkably self-aware that anger or bitterness would have destroyed him in solitary confinement, sustained by the shared solidarity of two fellow Panthers, Albert turned his anger into activism and resistance. The Angola 3, as they became known, resolved never to be broken by the grinding inhumanity and corruption that effectively held them for decades as political prisoners. He survived to give us Solitary, a chronicle of rare power and humanity that proves the better spirits of our nature can thrive against any odds.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review `An important story for these times...An astonishing true saga of incarceration that would have surely faced rejection if submitted as a novel on the grounds that it never could happen in real life.' * Kirkus Reviews *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Albert Woodfox was born in 1947 in New Orleans. A committed activist in prison, he remains so today, speaking to a wide array of audiences, including the Innocence Project, Harvard, Yale, and other universities, the National Lawyers Guild, as well as at Amnesty International events in London, Paris, Denmark, Sweden, and Belgium. He lives in New Orleans.

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