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Committing Journalism: The Prison Writings of Red Hog

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Committing Journalism collects more than fifty essays by famed convict-writer Dannie Martin, a.k.a. “Red Hog” —hard-hitting, eloquent reports on the racism, brutality, inadequate health care, harassment, and other conditions of life behind the prison walls. When they first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle they made Martin a celebrity—and eventually the Bureau of Pri ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 17th 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1993)
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Lindsay Duggan
3.5 stars. I rounded up to 4 stars because I enjoyed the essays by Dannie Martin very much. The parts about the trial not as much. Prior to reading this book I would say I did not care at all about people in jail or how they were treated. If anything I thought they were treated too well. After reading this, I definitely have some empathy for prisoners. There is the question about whether prison should be for punishment or rehabilitation, and I believe it should be a bit of both. However, the cur ...more
Igor Francesko
Started reading it just after finishing OITNB (TV series) so the mood was set. I liked it, gave me a fair amount of understanding and insight in USA penal system and incarceration at the time of Red Hogs sentence. Doesn't seem to have changed much, even using a comedy/drama as OITNG for comparison.
I would recommend this book for anyone in the journalist/law world for it would be in their field of interest.
I found this book in one of the dollar bins outside of The Strand and read the entire thing in a couple of sittings. It was one of those books I tried to read slower because I loved it so much. The book reminded me why I loved to read outside of school.
Linda Marie Anderson
I thought this book would be depressing, but Dannie Martin is funny and charming, while at the same time spotlighting aspects of prison life that are truly horrifying. Interesting and illuminating.
Peter Y. Sussman
A great book ... and I'm speaking as an authority on the subject: I'm the co-author.
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