Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement--in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana--all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. That he was able to emerge whole from his odyssey within America's prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit, and makes his book a clarion call to reform the inhumanity of solitary confinement in the U.S. and around the world. Arrested often as a teenager in New Orleans, inspired behind bars in his early twenties to join the Black Panther Party because of its social commitment and code of living, Albert was serving a 50-year sentence in Angola for armed robbery when on April 17, 1972, a white guard was killed. Albert and another member of the Panthers were accused of the crime and immediately put in solitary conf...
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Wow. This is a book that will stay with you for a long time. 40 years in solitary confinement for a crime he didn't commit. A searing indictment of the systemic racism in the US justice system and the private prison complex. Woodfox names names: People like Anne Butler, who freely writes books which are reviewed on Goodreads, and openly lives in Louisiana, people like Buddy Caldwell, Bobby Jindal, all openly conspired to imprison and torture the Angola 3 even though they knew they were not guilt ...more
I spent the first bit of this book wondering when I would start feeling empathy for his plight- he speaks so plainly and matter of factly about his (many) crimes, I didn’t think that jail would be an inappropriate consequence. But I only had to wait a bit, and the horrors of the injustices brought upon him (decades in solitary, clearly the victim of vendettas by wardens, etc) become inescapable. I admire his strength of spirit and am glad he survived to tell his story, but the overall effect of ...more
Heartbreaking and infuriating.
‘In beautifully poetic language that starkly contrasts the world he's describing, Woodfox awes and inspires. He illustrates the power of the human spirit, while illuminating the dire need for prison reform in the United States. Solitary is a brilliant blend of passion, terror and hope that everyone needs to experience.’
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‘[A] profound book about friendship … told simply but not tersely…If the ending of this book does not leave you with tears pooling down in your cl ...more
Albert Woodfox spent decades in Angola prison, in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. After coming to prison for armed robbery (for which he was guilty), he adopted the beliefs of the Black Panthers and Angola's administration separated him and two other prisoners from the general population, and basically tortured them for 30+ years. Very depressing to read about his experiences. His resilience is something else. What a brave man. This was so eye-opening on several levels with h ...more
A MUST read if you want to learn anything about our broken criminal justice system. #themoreyouknow