Solitary

Solitary

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 ab Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement--in a 6-foot ...

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Title:Solitary
Author:Albert Woodfox
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0802129080
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Solitary Reviews

  • Melissa Luna
    May 05, 2019
    This is the story of the Angola 3, who spent decades in solitary confinement in a slave plantation-turned-prison in Louisiana. Beneath the word SOLITARY, I see the word SOLIDARITY. Solidarity between the three men who were moved by the black panther party in the late sixties to cha...
  • Mehrsa
    Apr 30, 2019
    Our prison system is cruel and inhumane. This book is one of the best prison memoirs I've ever read (exempting Mandela and Assata). Woodfox's book is not just about his experiences, but it is about the system in general and how it tried to diminish his dignity. He reclaimed it by joini...
  • Niklas Pivic
    Nov 06, 2018
    When Albert Woodfox was incarcerated and sentenced to quite a stretch in jail, he didn't know what to think, really; he was a teenager who'd got muddled up in basic criminal teenage stuff. One of Woodfox's great strengths is his ability to express himself straightforwardly, without ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jun 13, 2019
    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 ex...
  • Meg Marie
    May 18, 2019
    Proof that slavery is alive and well in modern day America, and how unjust the system can be. I found this unbelievably sad and moving. ...
  • Jenna
    Jun 01, 2019
    "I became living proof that we can survive the worst to change ourselves and our world, no matter where we are. Behind our resistance on the tiers, Herman, King, and I knew that only education would save us." For more than 40 years, Albert Woodfox was kept in solitary confine...
  • Lou
    Mar 09, 2019
    ?Our resistance gave us an identity. Our identity gave us strength. Our strength gave us an unbreakable will.? -Albert Woodfox ?Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized c...
  • Jo
    Jun 11, 2019
    This book made me uncomfortable. Uncomfortable in the sense that people are still being treated differently because of the color of their skin. It seems so simple - we are all the same. Yet hate always seems to win. This book was disheartening, but hopeful. Mr. Woodfox clings to that h...
  • David
    Jan 02, 2019
    An important book with great significance for our times. It should be on everyone's 'must read' list. You should be aware, however, it will not entertain. It will enlighten, enrage and enrich. ...
  • Donna Lewis
    May 10, 2019
    This is an incredible book. Albert Woodfox grew up in a poor section of New Orleans. In the 50s and 60s, he was a petty criminal. Arrested as a teenager, he spent time in four different prisons before being exposed to the Black Panthers, who taught him that ?you don?t fight fire wi...
  • Nancy
    Jul 14, 2019
    I read this book on my Kobo e-reader. I think I learned about it while loading books onto my Kobo in fact. This is a detailed memoir written poast-release by Albert Woodfox, one of the Angola 3 prisoners held in solitary confinement in the USA for 40 years. The writing is very detai...
  • Roger Smitter
    May 20, 2019
    Author Albert Woodfox is a person who was in solitary confinement for an unbelievable four decades for a killing he didn?t do. His book speaks to the issues we struggle with in our society: What is punishment? When punishment enough? When it should be over? How reliable is the ju...
  • Brian Wraight
    Aug 28, 2018
    Please just read it. Woodfox isn?t the first person to suffer at the hands of America?s broken criminal justice system and, as long as the prison industrial complex and systemic racism continue to chug along and get away with it, he most certainly won?t be the last. Yes, he?s o...
  • Text Publishing
    Mar 07, 2019
    ?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 hop...
  • Jeff
    May 05, 2019
    In 2016, I had the privilege to meet and have lunch with Albert Woodfox and Robert King at the International Conference on the Prolonged Use of Solitary Confinement at University of Pittsburgh Law School. It had only been a few months since Mr Woodfox had been released from 44 years of...
  • Suzanne
    Mar 03, 2019
    Some books we read to bear witness; to acknowledge the pain and suffering our country causes her own citizens to bear. Albert Woodcox was sent to prison, once there his life became a living hell. Accused of a crime there that he did not commit, he was held in solitary confinement for d...
  • Florine
    Apr 03, 2019
    Amazing memoir! I've still have tears rolling down my face. I am in awe of this man's mental strength and integrity, despite all the violence, humiliation and loss he faced over the years. Yes, he committed crimes that sent him to jail in the first place, but then COINTELPRO took c...
  • Karen Ashmore
    Mar 25, 2019
    A very hard to read book. It starts out with his life in crime as a petty thief, then druggie, then armed robbery. Then went on to describe the injustices of the criminal justice and prison system. And the horrors of Angola, the worst prison in the US, located in the backwards state of...
  • Calzean
    Oct 15, 2018
    Yikes what an indictment of the US legal and prison system. This is a book on many of the things wrong with the Land of the Brave. It is not much of an endorsement. Woodfox's experiences in the aptly named prison Angola, Louisiana. It read like a war zone, ruled by despots with all t...
  • Chet Taranowski
    Jun 18, 2019
    Although the story is powerful and my admiration for the author is great, I found myself skimming parts of the book as the descriptions of the legal appeals went on endlessly. I found the story of his life before incarceration more interesting. Yet, there is no question that the author...
  • Lori
    Jun 01, 2019
    Every American needs to read this book. My perspective and understanding is now deeper and broader. I?m still processing what I read so will have to edit this review later. ...
  • Marika
    Dec 10, 2018
    Albert Woodfox, holds the record for being the held in solitary confinement prisoner in the US. 43 years. Let that sink in. To stay sane, he made a vow with 2 other prisoners, who became known as the Angola Three, that they would remain strong and grow as men despite the obvious injust...
  • Kimberlee (reading.wanderwoman)
    Mar 06, 2019
    "After years in prison in solitary confinement, I experienced all the emotions the Louisiana department of Public Safety and Corrections wanted from me - anger, bitterness, the thirst to see someone suffer the way I was suffering, the revenge factor, all that. But I also became somethi...
  • Kerisa Coleman
    Apr 05, 2019
    From the moment I picked up this book to this very moment, I was enthralled by the harsh realities of the U.S. criminal justice system, both past and current. Albert Woodfox adopted many principles of manhood and how he managed to hold onto his values, beliefs and convictions all those...
  • Grant Tietjen
    Jun 19, 2019
    An exhaustively comprehensive story (but worth every minute of reading time) of the tireless struggle to overcome incomprehensible injustices perpetuated by the racist Louisiana criminal justice system over the course of more than four decades. Never during the course of reading a stor...
  • Richard
    May 18, 2019
    Solitary by Albert Woodfox is a gruelling but rewarding work of non fiction. In and out of jail as a young black man in the late 60s, Woodfox had a troubled start to manhood. A start he isn?t proud of. His fractured family was poor and life in urban Louisiana was hard. Racism was e...
  • Ben Truong
    Aug 27, 2019
    Solitary is an autobiography written by Albert Woodfox. This memoir chronicles a man who spent four decades in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit tells his shocking story. Albert Woodfox spent forty-three years in solitary confinement. He was released in February 201...
  • Moonkiszt
    Apr 25, 2019
    Some books are written by authors who yearn for the title, the mantle and all the goodies that go with the title of Author. Some tomes are acts of persuasion, beckoning conversion from one point of view to another. Some volumes are slick and polished marketing or branding materials for...
  • /d.
    Jun 04, 2019
    They buried us. They didn't know we were seeds. Solitary is hands down one of the - if not the - most jaw-dropping work of non-fiction I have ever come across. It is one of a series of books I have recently chosen to read in an effort to educate myself on race relations, racial bi...
  • John K
    May 06, 2019
    Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Albert Woodfox... The fact that conditions like this exist in America should give all of us reason to pause. 35 years ago I read Malcolm's book and today after reading Albert's book I am back to where I was 35 years ago. In 2019 we are still wrestling with th...