What started as a cynical man loathing his life and everything in it turned into an inspirational story filled with harsh truth and brutal honesty. While not agreeing with every point of view (and I don't believe that is a requirement to enjoy something), I appreciated this story for what it was and highly recommend reading it.
It is quite lengthy, but it kept me engaged the entire time. Seeing what it's like inside prison, especially during a crucial time in history where everything was on its head, is an enlightening experience. Seeing the trauma and repercussions of being both inside and freed from that atmosphere is eye-opening.
I love the messages at the end and the advice given. I seem to be enjoying books lately that are told in more of a letter format, especially when they're written like this one. Highly recommend.
A secret preview into the treacherous journey of a man thrown from a successful life in Silicon Valley into the dark asphyxiating prison of San Quentin, with murders, serial killers, rats, and COVID around every corner. This true story is told by an inmate who was inside, living and breathing in the system of incarceration for nearly two years. He paints a masterpiece of detail by challenging the stigma that prisoners are less than people, that law enforcement is superior, and that the system of incarceration in the United States is still functioning. You will join him in the cell while he recounts hunger strikes, malnutrition, panic, and pandemonium, by weaving comedic banter with a stoic sense of realism. This is a captivating tale of how sick and dying men, caused by the nationally publicized disaster of thirty deaths in a short period in the prison, stitched together the remnants of their shattered dignity and formed a brotherhood to withstand all odds; it paints the solo journey of a man’s struggle through addiction, loss, corruption, oppression, racism, and fear. You won’t put down this enthralling and uttering engrossing saga of survival, a triumphant testament to the endurance of the human spirit, loyalty, respect, and the fallacy of rehabilitation while incarcerated
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