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Blood in the Water Summary ê E-book, or Kindle E-pub × The first definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising the state’s violent response and the victims' decades long uest for justice including information never released to the public published to coincide with the forty fifth anniversary of this historic eBuses New York officials prosecuted only the prisoners and failed to provide necessary support to the hostage survivors or the families of any of the men who'd been killed Heather Ann Thompson sheds new light on one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century exploring every aspect of the uprising and its legacy from the perspectives of all of those involved in this forty five year fight for justice the prisoners the state officials the lawyers on both sides the state troopers and corrections officers and the families of the slain men. This is an absolutely astonishing book At first the pro prisoner point of view threw me off but the evidence is presented in a way that makes the case that the government killed most of the hostages through an ill conceived attack to retake the prison and then lied and covered up the evidence I can't imagine the research it took to create this book but she is as great of writer as she is a researcher The chapters leading up to the siege create a foreboding that was unparalleled in my non fiction reading experience Unfortunately the racism that created the circumstances which led to Attica still exists; this is no mere history book; it's a warning and a plea for change

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The first definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising the state’s violent response and the victims' decades long uest for justice including information never released to the public published to coincide with the forty fifth anniversary of this historic eventOn September 9 1971 nearly 1300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment Holding guards and civilian employees hostage during the four long days and nights that followed the inmates negotiated with state officials f. Outstanding A thoroughly documented history that is also a compelling read and relevant to what is happening in America right now Thompson takes us through the Attica Prison riot beginning with the underlying conditions in the prison that culminated in the riot in 1971 and continuing on with the legal battles that followed Her history is than a recitation of facts or description of events You can feel the suspense as the intolerable treatment of the prisoners builds tension that finally erupts She gives us a visceral portrait of the police response and immediate aftermath which reuires a strong stomach Thompson writes with a passion exposing the hatred and extreme brutality of the New York State Police and the corrections officers as they take revenge She holds accountable the top prison officials and Governor Rockefeller who comes off as a Nixon suck up and a politician only concerned about his image There is so much to dig into here Deplorable prison conditions constant physical and mental abuse of prisoners minority prisoners from NYC incarcerated in far rural upstate New York at the mercy of racist guards who despise them the mixing in of minor young offenders in with hardened criminals in a maximum security prison not much different than when it was built in the 1930s When the riot erupts inept and politically driven decision making by the Department of Corrections hierarchy and the Governor’s office ensure a disastrous outcome Ultimately Rockefeller himself makes the decisions based on his conspiratorial beliefs that the riot must have been organized by leftist terrorist organizations in his mind groups like the Black Muslims and Black Panthers He told Nixon “The whole thing was led by the blacks” Rockefeller couldn’t accept that the prisoners were simply pushed to the breaking point Rockefeller refused to go to the prison to address the prisoners directly It was Rockefeller’s decision to end the riot using the New York State Police armed with shotguns rifles and pistols The prisoners did not have guns The state police were not trained in riot control and most were only experienced cruising the highways giving out traffic tickets Rockefeller brushed off the National Guard which was trained in riot control and was ready to go in without guns to restore order These decisions culminated in the unnecessary deaths It was the police not the prisoners who killed hostages as the police went on a chaotic shooting spree They also killed and wounded many prisoners specifically targeting prisoners who they thought were leaders It was like shooting fish in a barrel since the prisoners had already been disabled by noxious gas dropped from helicopters The barbaric revenge of the corrections officers on the prisoners is sickening Medical care was an afterthought and was denied to severely wounded and injured prisoners who continued to suffer beatings and abuse Then there was the misinformation as the state and its minions distorted the facts blamed the prisoners for the killings destroyed and hid evidence and forced prisoners to lie Eventually the truth came out but it took years and countless court actions However many people accepted the word of the authorities over that of witness testimonies court documents and investigative journalists Witnesses even doctors and coroners who came forward to counter the state found themselves threatened and harassed Thompson reports on decades of legal battles as activist lawyers led a well organized effort to get redress for the prisoners They had to fight every step of the way as the state constantly blocked them but eventually relented and compensation was awarded to the prisoners The widows and survivors of the correction officers killed were also screwed over by the state They were given small checks not knowing that they were workman’s compensation checks and cashing them meant they lost their right to sue After decades they eventually won compensation but only with a lot of outside help and intense effort This is a very disheartening book but I highly recommend it It says so much about the racism that still pervades the country today

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Blood in the WaterOr improved living conditions On September 13 the state abruptly ended talks and sent hundreds of heavily armed state troopers and corrections officers to retake the prison by force In the ensuing gunfire thirty nine men were killed hostages as well as prisoners and close to one hundred were severely injured After the prison was secured troopers and officers brutally retaliated against the prisoners during the weeks that followed For decades afterward instead of charging any state employee who had committed murder or carried out egregious human rights a. This book has won numerous awards including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for History It tells the story of the Attica Prison uprising in 1971 when a riot led to a group of prisoners taking several hostages and resulting in a tense standoff with negotiations going on for daysThe author is at pains to explain that much evidence has been kept secret since the events occurred; leading to family members of those involved having unanswered uestions for many years She claims to have interviewed everyone she could trace who were involved in the situation and spent years unearthing stories from that time The book starts with what Attica was like at the time The petty discriminating rules the way the system made things difficult for prisoners and their families the unhelpful and unresponsive doctors the trivial violations which led to prisoners being locked in their cells for days Oddly enough it was a minor thing which triggered the riot A prisoner having finally been allowed out of his cell after a long lock in was indulging in some mock fighting in the prison yard When told he had broken the rules and ordered back inside he hit the guard Later he was seen being carried from his cell and a difficult tense situation was about to explode We are methodically taken through events – before during and after the riot with everything that was involved It is obvious that this is a painstaking and thorough account of what happened and that the author has been tireless in trying to piece together events This is an exhaustive account at times but certainly the definitive book on the riot and the aftermath