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Newjack: Guarding Sing Singby Ted Conover
Winner of the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
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Acclaimed journalist Ted Conover sets a new standard for bold, in-depth reporting in this first-hand account of life inside the penal system.
When Conovers request to shadow a recruit at the New York State Corrections Officer Academy was denied, he decided to apply for a job as a prison officer. So begins his odyssey at Sing Sing, once a model prison but now the states most troubled maximum-security facility. The result of his year there is this remarkable look at one of Americas most dangerous prisons, where drugs, gang wars, and sex are rampant, and where the line between violator and violated is often unclear. As sobering as it is suspenseful, Newjack is an indispensable contribution to the urgent debate about our countrys criminal justice system, and a consistently fascinating read.
"This book takes a reader inside one of the many locked doors of America's penal system. It is clear-eyed and sympathetic, intelligent and engrossing. It reminded me of some of George Orwell's admirable journalism." Tracy Kidder
"Nobody goes to greater lengths to get a story than Ted Conover. Immersing himself in his subject to a degree matched by few journalists working today, he has given us a compelling, compassionate look at a terribly important, poorly understood aspect of American society. My hat is off to him." Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air
"Newjack is an astonishing work by a gifted — and dedicated — journalist. Ted Conover takes us into the dangerous, sad, amusing and instructive soul of one of America's best known prisons." Tom Brokaw
"Ted Conover is a first rate reporter and more daring and imaginative than the rest of us combined. This book is one of his finest." Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm
"Instead of emerging from Sing Sing with a reform agenda, Conover ended his ordeal with this fascinating look at how prison brutalizes men and women on both sides of the bars." Entertainment Weekly
Acclaimed journalist Conover sets a new standard for reporting when he applies for a job as a prison officer. So begins his odyssey at Sing Sing, once a model prison but now the New York State's most troubled maximum-security facility.
About the Author
Ted Conover was raised in Colorado and lives in New York City. His previous two books, Whiteout and Coyotes, were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. He has written for The New Yorker and is now a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine.
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