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The Rock

A History of Alcatraz: The Fort/The Prison

Book Title: The Rock - A History of Alcatraz: The Fort, The Prison by Pierre Odier
Book Title: Alcatraz: The Rock - A History of Alcatraz: The Fort, The Prison by Pierre Odier

The end of the line for America’s most notorious gangsters, a public symbol of the ultimate confinement, America’s version of Devil’s Island.

The rapid growth of the gangster era during the 1920s and 1930s put tremendous pressure upon law enforcement agencies to exert control over this alarming threat. Part of the establishment’s answer to this growing problem was the creation of Alcatraz Prison, an end-of-the-line confinement facility.

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Photo of Alcatraz Island and Prison
Photo from Inside Alcatraz Prison

In "The Rock" Pierre Odier traces the history of Alcatraz Island from its discovery in 1769 to its current use as a tourist attraction. The importance of Alcatraz' history as a defense fort is overshadowed by the attention it attracted during the federal prison days from 1934 to 1963.

This Book, "The Rock," offers the first study of Alcatraz Island History. This documentation is based on extensive source material, including the National Archives and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Interviews with wardens, officers and former Alcatraz inmates provided a personal account of life and feeling on "The Rock" during its use. Interviews with members of the original Indian occupation party of 1969 gives us a first-hand account of life on "The Rock" during the occupation.

Photo from Inside Alcatraz Prison
Photo from Inside Alcatraz Prison
Photo from Inside Alcatraz Prison
Photo from Inside Alcatraz Prison

The segment of this book that proved the most difficult to research was that part dealing with the 1969-1970 Indian Occupation. That part of the research ran into so many emotional opinions that it was difficult to relate a factual account of that time. Read about the Native American Indians who participated in that occupation.

The Rock
A History of Alcatraz: The Fort/The Prison
by Pierre Odier

259 pages, Complete with 900 illustrations, sketches and maps, it presents a comprehensive visual record of the history of a priceless California landmark. Hard Cover ISBN 0-9611632-0-8, Soft Cover ISBN 0-9611632-1-6.

Hard Cover Book Title: The Rock - A History of Alcatraz: The Fort, The Prison  - About Alcatraz - Alcatraz Facts - Alcatraz Information - Alcatraz Island - Alcatraz Prison - Alcatraz Photos - Alcatraz Inmates

Hard Cover
$29.95

Soft Cover Book Title: Alcatraz - A History of Alcatraz: The Fort, The Prison  - About Alcatraz - Alcatraz Facts - Alcatraz Information - Alcatraz Island - Alcatraz Prison - Alcatraz Photos - Alcatraz Inmates

Soft Cover
$19.95

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