Read any good prison biographies or true crime books lately?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I really enjoyed "Lazarus and the Hurricane" subtitled The Freeing of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. It's about a young black man back in 1979 who befriends Rubin Carter via letters while Carter is in jail, having been wrongly convicted of killing two white men and a white woman.

    The young man's name is Lesra, a corruption of the name Lazarus, and he gets help in his quest to free Carter from a group of Canadians who live together in a commune (a kind of weird element of the book, and real life, that doesn't get explored as much as you might like).

    A compelling, intelligent, and solid book. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The movie "The Hurricane" stars Denzel Washington as the former top middleweight boxing contender Rubin Carter.

  • 1 decade ago

    Not lately but I remember reading Monster by Walter Dean Myer? [I believe]. It was about this guy going on trial and his experiences. It's not quite a prison biography but it's close enough. :X

    -ELaine

  • 1 decade ago

    No, but I'm on the lookout for books covering the Asian crime world. The bookstores have no shortage of books covering the Italian side of things, but I'm not interested in those.

  • 1 decade ago

    In cold blood, by Truman Capote. Classic, a must read.

    No worries if you've watched the movie Capote before reading the book, they are constructed differently.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    " Dont let her see me cry" A Mothers story. by Helen Barnacle.

    Published by Bantam books.And Random House NY.

    It is the powerfull and moving account of one womans remarkable journey---from a hopeless young herion addict facing prison with a new baby, to successful psycologist, drug counsellor, prison reform campaigner and, most importantly mother and best friend to Ali, the daughter eho gave her the courage and determinination to survive.

    I Loved it!!!! and i am not a druggie or a crim!!

  • TOM
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    if your into true crime stories a visit to crime library is a must,not sure of the link,just write crime library in your browser and your there

  • 1 decade ago

    Bird Man of Alctrraz (true story)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Papillon and Shantaram are both AWESOME

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer" is a great read.......

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