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In The Belly Of The Beast by Jack Henry Abbott and Newjack by Ted Conover Jack Henry Abbotts book In The Belly Of The Beast is as autobiographical account of the authors lifelong experiences in penal institutions while serving time for numerous petty crimes as a child to murder in later years He offers a wide array of attacks on various American institutions in society while trying to defend his position as victim of societys pitfalls The self-educated author encapsulates the reader by presenting stories through letters of the horrific reality of prison life Although considered psychopathic his rendition lends an enormous amount of insight and allows us to feel a need to reform a prison system that may not deserve the name of correctional facility The book offers everything from tormenting accounts of his time in the Hole to foundations of political philosophies of Kant and Marx In a time when crime literature was surging it is somewhat difficult to determine the authors initial intent to engage his readers in somewhat of a public awareness notice After all his life of crime began while a teen and his adult rendition of a perfect knife stabbing does not lend acceptance to being seen as an American outlaw saint Originally a protg of Norman Mailer Abbotts letters were seen as being written by the elite of the prison population with an intellectual vision of a diseased society He gives the reader an analysis how prison is designed to gut and corrupt the timid and break or brutalized the weak Abbott makes claim that his loss of constitutional rights in a society unjust led him to surrender to an unspoken prison constitution for the rest of his life While Jack Henry Abbott can submit to being an authority on the reality of incarceration we have a desire to review an opposition account on what it is like to be on the other side
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