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The Bookshelf -- Newjack by Ted Conover (Vintage Paperback, 2000)

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It's almost easy to forget the wars behind bars in the still-being-constructed-madly prisons all across America; and the writer of Newjack is Ted Conover, one hard-boiled and super-intelligent fellow. His latest work is at Amazon.com, and is titled "The Routes of Man: Travels in the Paved World (Vintage, 2011)". If it's within miles of Newjack, it must also be purely excellent participative-and-investigative reporting.

 

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But this brief review is about Newjack (subtitled, Guarding Sing Sing). It may seem that in 2012, a full twelve years after the beginning of the end, with the U.S. falsely imprisoning not only Cubans and its own persons of (all) color(s) while encouraging the return of a prison-mentality not only in South Africa and Israeli-occupied Palestine but all the hundreds of foreign countries where an American military presence is found, something this old will be at best passe'. But it is not. Buy Newjack, borrow it, steal it, whatever, read it, or like I did: start it and then take a (multi-year?) break and then, re-start it. You will not be disappointed.


 

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 

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