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Iron House- Stories from the Yard

Jerome Washington

ISBN 10: 0936609338 / ISBN 13: 9780936609331
Published by QED Press, Fort Bragg, CA, 1994
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Author's first book. Winner of the 1994 Western States Book Award. An intimate and authentic feel for life in an American prison. Bookseller Inventory # 003858

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Title: Iron House- Stories from the Yard

Publisher: QED Press, Fort Bragg, CA

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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Incarcerated for 16 years in New York's prison systems, Washington reveals what day-to-day life behind bars is really like. This powerful indictment of the prison system won the Western States Book Award and was a Booklist Editor's Choice title.

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Washington was an organizing force behind the popular revolt at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Imprisoned from 1972 to 1989, Washington continued to write, publishing two books and a number of plays, and won the initial First Amendment victory of a prisoner against prison officials. Iron House is Washington's fifth book, winner of the 1994 Western States Arts Federation Book Award for creative nonfiction, and one of the clearest and most visceral accounts of day-to-day prison life ever written. In a series of rigorously styled vignettes, the book reveals the ghastly ineptitude of American "prison reform." But most important, it depicts prisoners and guards alike simply as the human beings they are, people who must face, every day, often violently, one of the most inhuman and corrupt communities in history, where individuals are driven necessarily to brutality, insanity, and death as well as to desperate brotherhood and savage enlightenment. Beautifully moving, painfully honest to its heart, and often darkly comic, Iron House deserves to be read by every citizen of the U.S., which boasts the largest prison population in the world. In Washington's words, "Those of us who are in prison have been convicted. Everyone else is still on trial." Greg Burkman

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