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Alcatraz

Alcatraz

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Published by ChronicleBooks
Shrouded in mystery and rich with history, Alcatraz draws over a million visitors each year. This enlightening volume provides the first complete history of Alcatraz told through its architecture. In friendly illustrations and accessible text, authors Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel reveal the design decisions that have shaped the island from its first brick and masonry fortress to the infamous concrete cellblock, to the landscape design of its contemporary gardens and bird sanctuaries. Packed with intriguing facts throughout, this little treasure allows an unprecedented glimpse into the life of the island. In a lovely cloth-bound package, this is an eminently giftable book and an entertaining look at one of the nation’s most visited destinations.
Shrouded in mystery and rich with history, Alcatraz draws over a million visitors each year. This enlightening volume provides the first complete history of Alcatraz told through its architecture. In friendly illustrations and accessible text, authors Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel reveal the design decisions that have shaped the island from its first brick and masonry fortress to the infamous concrete cellblock, to the landscape design of its contemporary gardens and bird sanctuaries. Packed with intriguing facts throughout, this little treasure allows an unprecedented glimpse into the life of the island. In a lovely cloth-bound package, this is an eminently giftable book and an entertaining look at one of the nation’s most visited destinations.

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Published by: ChronicleBooks on Feb 10, 2012
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TAbLeofConTenTs
Itrducti
CHapter 1
What’s in a Name? 6
CHapter 2
The Defensive Triangle: From Citadel to Fortress 8
CHapter 3
Island Architecture & the Lighthouse 14 
CHapter 4
From Fortress to Prison 44
CHapter 5
 
Escapes
 
64
CHapter 6
Life on the Rock 74
CHapter 7
Occupation 84
CHapter 8
Gardens 100
CHapter 9
Birds of Alcatraz 118
CHapter 10
Alcatraz Today & Tomorrow 128
andix 1
Alcatraz in the Movies 134
andix 2
Inmates & Wardens 136
andix 3
Escape Attempts 138Resources & References 140Index 142
 
CHAPTER ONEWHAT’sIN ANAME?
 
 
CHAPTeR 4
FROMFORTREss TOPRIsON

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Greetings, in 1933, Alcatraz, with its world class scenic views, ended its home as disciplinary barracks for the military. The then United States Federal government took it over as a prison for dangerous criminals. Alcatraz was considered escape-proof because it was in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. America's most legendary gangster, Al Capone, was kept at Alcatraz.
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous escape from Alcatraz. Three inmates dug their way out of concrete cells using spoons and placed fabricated masks with hair on their pillows as a disguise. They were never found and presumed drowned, but the FBI still has an active file on all three men, who would be in their eighties today.
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