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    DescriptionWinner of the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Non-Fiction In 1961, young, black, eighth-grade dropout Wilbert Rideau despaired of his small-town future in the segregated deep south of America. He set out to rob the local bank and after a bungled robbery he killed the bank teller, a fifty-year-old white female. He was arrested and gave a full confession. When we meet Rideau he has just been sentenced to death row, from where he embarks on an extraordinary journey. He is imprisoned at Angola, the most violent prison in America, where brutality, sexual slavery and local politics confine prisoners in ways that bars alone cannot. Yet Rideau breaks through all this and finds hope and meaning, becoming editor of the prison magazine, going on to win national journalism awards. Full of gritty realism and potent in its evocation of a life condemned, Rideau goes far beyond the traditional prison memoir and reveals an emotionally wrought and magical conclusion to his forty-four years in prison.

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    In the Place of Justice
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Wilbert Rideau
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9781846684340
    ISBN 10: 184668434X

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    Libri: ENGM1075
    BIC subject category V2: JKVQ
    DC22: 365.6092
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15880
    BISAC V2.8: SOC004000
    Libri: USAA5010
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000, BIO000000
    Libri: STRA3076, TODE5000
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    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    06 January 2011
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    Author Information
    Wilbert Rideau has won many journalism awards. He was editor of the Angolite, the first prison publication to be nominated for a National Magazine Award. It was nominated seven times under his editorship. He also co-directed the documentary The Farm which was nominated for an Oscar. He now lives in Louisiana.
    Review quote
    "'A book that moves without letup to an ending that's alive with suspense' - Elmore Leonard 'A series of stunning journalistic revelations... quite simply, no prison memoir in recent memory contains prose as deft or as riveting' - David Friend, Vanity Fair 'This is a breathtaking and, ultimately, triumphant story of rehabilitation through endurance and courageous journalism. It is also a searing indictment of a broken, corrupt penal system that does far more damage than good to our society as a whole. This is an extraordinary book.' - Ted Koppel, BBC"