Blood in the Water (book)


Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy is the third book from University of Michigan historian Heather Ann Thompson. It provides the first complete history of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971 and details not only the events of the week-long uprising and its brutal ending, but also the protracted legal battles that persisted for decades after the event. Blood in the Water reflects the more than a decade of research, including information from interviews, government records, personal correspondence, and legal documents, much of which has never been made public before. Thompson argues that the Attica uprising and the state's response represented shifting American approaches to incarceration and policy, the reverberations of which continue to influence America's prison system. Film rights to the book have been optioned by TriStar Pictures.
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language: English
date of publication: 2016
genre: non-fiction
main subject: Attica Prison riot

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