Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover

Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

byTed Conover

Kobo ebook | January 20, 2010

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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 at Sing Sing.

When Ted Conover’s 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 himself. The result is an unprecedented work of eyewitness journalism: the account of Conover's year-long passage into storied Sing Sing prison as a rookie guard, or "newjack."

As he struggles to become a good officer, Conover angers inmates, dodges blows, and attempts, in the face of overwhelming odds, to balance decency with toughness. Through his insights into the harsh culture of prison, the grueling and demeaning working conditions of the officers, and the unexpected ways the job encroaches on his own family life, we begin to see how our burgeoning prison system brutalizes everyone connected with it. An intimate portrait of a world few readers have ever experienced, Newjack is a haunting journey into a dark undercurrent of American life.

Title:Newjack: Guarding Sing SingFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 20, 2010Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1400033098

ISBN - 13:9781400033096

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you only read one book this year, make it this Conover has achieved the seemingly impossible with this book - using a descriptive, almost deliberately detached writing style to enable you to view Sing Sing's world objectively, but enabling you to empathise with both prisoner and guard. A remarkable read that pulls you in from the first chapter and immerses you in the disturbed, corrupt environment of the USA's most notorious jail to such an extent that you need to catch your breath and wipe your brow between chapters.
Date published: 2002-01-12