Blood in the Water

Blood in the Water by the historian Heather Anne Thompson chronicles the bloody September 1971 Attica prison uprising. Thirty-nine men, both hostages, and prisoners died in New York State’s retaking of the prison after four days of negotiations on the prisoners’ conditions. The author researched the uprising for ten years, and her account is chilling. Worth reading for anyone interested in the ongoing issues of mass incarceration, police actions, and civil rights.