Each day we saw the outside world in all its splendour, and each day that view served as a reminder that we had wasted and ruined our lives. Jim Quillen, AZ586 - a runaway, problem child and petty thief - was jailed several times before his twentieth birthday. In August 1942, after escaping from San Quentin, he was arrested on the run and sentenced to forty-five years in prison, and later transferred to Alcatraz.
This is the true story of life inside America's most notorious prison - from terrifying times in solitary confinement to daily encounters with 'the Birdman', and what really happened during the desperate and deadly 1946 escape attempt.
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'WOW' sums this book up perfectly!
I often have very limited time to actually pick up a novel and read it front to back. For me the audible version was absolutely perfect.
I tried to listen to this as often as I could and on a daily commute that usual bores me, I found that with my Audible companion it was enjoyable and if anything, time went too quickly.
I am fascinated by the criminal world and especially by Alcatraz. I read anything I possibly can that provides even just a glimpse of what life on that island was really like. Until now however, I've never read anything as informative and enjoyable as this.
Jim Quillen lived a very extraordinary life packed with twists and turns and plenty of upset and he truly expresses that in his writing. Everything was against him, but he never faltered, never ceased, his determination stayed strong until he reached the goal he set out to achieve. He shows that no matter how tough, redemption isn't always impossible. I have to be honest and say that the way Quillen turned his life around really did inspire me.
I would urge anyone with even the slightest interest in Alcatraz, the criminal world, redemption or reform, to read this book. You will not be disappointed!