American Furies by Sasha Abramsky audiobook

American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment

By Sasha Abramsky
Read by Sasha Abramsky

Beacon Press
7.93 Hours Unabridged
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In this disturbing yet elegant exposé of U.S. penitentiaries and their surrounding communities, Sasha Abramsky shows how American prisons have abandoned their long-held ideal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. After surveying our current state of affairs-life sentences for nonviolent crimes, appalling conditions for inmates, the growth of private prisons, the treatment of juveniles-Abramsky argues that our punitive policies are not only inhuman but deeply counterproductive. Brilliantly researched and compellingly told, American Furies reveals the devastating consequences of a society that believes in "lock 'em up and throw away the key."

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In this disturbing yet elegant exposé of U.S. penitentiaries and their surrounding communities, Sasha Abramsky shows how American prisons have abandoned their long-held ideal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. After surveying our current state of affairs-life sentences for nonviolent crimes, appalling conditions for inmates, the growth of private prisons, the treatment of juveniles-Abramsky argues that our punitive policies are not only inhuman but deeply counterproductive. Brilliantly researched and compellingly told, American Furies reveals the devastating consequences of a society that believes in "lock 'em up and throw away the key."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

In the difficult realm of prison reporting, Abramsky is unquestionably among the best and brightest, and American Furies is clear evidence of such. The American Prospect
American Furies provides us with a vivid account… The Nation
Sobering . . . Abramsky uses painstaking research, anecdotal evidence from inmates and tours of penal hellholes across the land to lock in American Furies. Sacramento News and Review
A smart, compassionate and tough-minded look at the rise and impact of the tough-on-crime culture that has made America the world's foremost jailer. By showing us how we got into this mess, this revelatory book also holds out hope that we might find our way out. Nell Bernstein, author of All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated
A well-researched book on a significant American problem that's often locked away behind bars. Publishers Weekly
The most urgent book of the season. Sasha Abramsky provides us with an invaluable, if harrowing, audit of the cataclysmic damage inflicted upon American values by American prisons. The lack of compassion in our national life and the gangrened hearts of our politicians pose greater threats to our childrens' futures than any overseas terrorist conspiracy. Mike Davis, professor of history at University of California, Irvine and author of seven books, including Planet of Slums and The Monster at Our Door
The most intelligent and haunting indictment of the American prison system that I have ever read. Sasha Abramsky has shone an incandescent lamp on a shadowy underground universe that holds and in all too many cases brutalizes the lives of more than two million Americans. He should be commended for doing so, and his book made required reading for every legislator in the land, bar none.—Simon Winchester, author of A Crack in the Edge of the World and The Professor and the Madman

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Author Bio: Sasha Abramsky

Author Bio: Sasha Abramsky

Sasha Abramsky is an author, freelance journalist, lecturer at the University of California, and a senior fellow at Demos. His work has appeared in the Nation, Atlantic Monthly, New York magazine, the American Prospect, Salon, Slate, NewYorker.com, LA Weekly, the Village Voice, Daily Beast, and Rolling Stone. His 2013 book The American Way of Poverty was listed as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and his 2015 volume The House of Twenty Thousand Books was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best nonfiction books of the year.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 7.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English