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on January 13, 2017
Highly Recommend!
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on June 16, 2016
a very good book.
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on September 30, 2015
Delivered as promised. Excellent seller.
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on January 17, 2015
A rare view into the life of a political prisoner in America. The book also gives insight to mass incarceration in the U.S. and of the way the government (still) uses solitary confinement as torture.
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on October 3, 2013
This will open your eyes and help you identify with reality - things are not always what they appear to be - perseverance through faith, and faith through hope, and hope through determination, no matter what is going on - well this book is truly about freedom and the lessons one can learn through the valleys of life.
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on May 9, 2013
Susan Rosenberg is an insightful, dedicated human rights activist. Since her release from prison, she has continued to work for peace, justice and sustainable development.
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on September 9, 2011
An American Radical stands out for me for several reason. Previously, I was not familiar with the current state of prisons, or of the degrees to which security is enforced. Coming from Louisiana with stories of Angola, then moving past so many institutions here in New York (Rikers, Sing Sing, Brooklyn and Manhattan Central Detentions to name a few) it's much clearer how much farther the justice system stretches. It's tragic to hear of California's overcrowding, and how little the system does to ameliorate the situation. The effort toward stopping recidivism should be so much greater.

There's clearly a wholly different story at heart of the politics involved with Ms. Rosenberg's actions. Having grown up after that time it was a good primer on some of the ideologies, and it leaves much to be learned.
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on July 20, 2011
Rosenberg, at thousands of junctures in her captivity, throws her spirit against the gears of the prison industrial complex. A must read to cultivate American awareness of what is happening to itself.

This is not left or right, this is you and me. Currently, over 7.2 million people are in prison, on probation, or on parole. This means roughly 1 in every 32 Americans are held by the justice system. The mechanism is exposed as incongruous to it's stated purpose:

"The Federal Bureau of Prisons protects society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens."

It is clear that the statement would more truthfully read:

"The Federal Bureau of Prisons corrupts society by restricting citizens (and some real criminals) to diminutive holding compartments that depreciate health, brutalize people, cost untold billions, eviscerate basic freedoms, and provide menial labor and other psychological diversions to ensure nominal occasions for self-improvement, with the result of an increased recidivism rate that assists in maintenance and development of more jobs for the BOP and justice system while suppressing reproach by elected officials and American citizens."

This book is a critical asset to the correction of our "corrections" system.
This is a study in humanity, introspection, and perseverance, against which the machine was prevented from working.

A story of survival. It is indelible.
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on May 12, 2011
Susan Rosenberg was tortured by the U S government, pure and simple. Her book is enthralling- an indictment of a right wing government that still exists. Thomas Paines are needed right now (2014)! Remember the brave protesters who are presently in prison- David Gilbert, the Transform Plowshares 3.
Speak truth to power/posers!
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