Heather Ann Thompson talks about BLOOD IN THE WATE...

At 930 last Friday morning, I had a chance to talk to Heather Ann Thompson, a history professor at the University Michigan and author of BLOOD IN THE WATER – THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND IT’S LEGACY. I was half asleep when the interview began but wide awake at it’s end. I had about 25 minutes talking to Heather. I would have preferred about 4 hours. D: Your book, I loved it and it broke my heart. I was fascinated and humbled by it. Previous to reading it, I knew a little about Attica. Your book was incredibly well done. Forgive me, I’m trying to wake up and get my thoughts together. It took you 10 years to...

Review of BLOOD IN THE WATER:THE ATTICA PRISON UPR...

BLOOD IN THE WATER:THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND IT’S LEGACY Heather Ann Thompson Pantheon Books August, 2016 This book broke my heart. I can’t think of the last book I’ve read that hit me on such a profound emotional level. The Attica Prison Uprising took place over the dates of September 9-13, 1971. Roughly 1300 prisoners took control of the prison. They had guards and civilian employees as hostages. In a nutshell, the cause of the riot was prison conditions which were deplorable on many levels. For days there were negotiations for the safe release of the hostages. Then September 13, 1971, the Governor Nelson...