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As a teenager in an industrial UK town, Shaun Attwood covets the American Dream. He moves to Arizona with only student credit cards and becomes a stock-market millionaire. After throwing Ecstasy parties for thousands of ravers, Shaun bumps heads with Sammy the Bull Gravano, an Italian Mafia mass murderer, who puts a hit out
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Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published January 2017 by Gadfly Press (first published August 5th 2010)
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Theresa Alan
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The appalling pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio by President Trump was the reason this prison memoir jumped to the top of my To Be Read list. I knew how vile Arpaio was a long time ago despite not living in Arizona or knowing anyone in his jail. He’s notoriously bragged that it cost more to feed the prison dogs than the prisoners, who he fed moldy bread and green bologna to for two meals a day (40 cents a day) and the “red death” for the other meal each day. Naturally, for inmates who were indigent—m ...more
Giddy Girlie
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up as a free Kindle download and was not disappointed. The book jacket image makes it look amateurish but this writer has chops. He's basically a well-educated man who overindulged his vices and got in a lot of trouble. What makes this book different from so many others is that, firstly, the author can write. Also, he admits to his crimes and accepts his penalty, all while keeping the discussion open about the horrors found in Maricopa County jails. So many people think "oh well, i ...more
Joe Stamber
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Attwood's tale of his rude awakening in America's toughest jail is as disturbing as it is compelling. How much artistic licence he has taken to make his account more outrageous is obviously open to question, but I imagine much of it is genuine. Whether treating criminals (and remand prisoners, as that is what this book is about) like animals is acceptable is a debate for another time, but there are many sickening scenes in Hard Time.

For all its horrors, Hard Time is a well written account which
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Laura Lam
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir, 2011
Hard Time is the story of Shaun Attwood. Attwood grew up in England and moved to Arizona after university. His life seemed to be going wonderfully, if illegally—he was a successful stockbroker with a huge mansion and a sports car, and he also threw raves and dealt drugs like Ecstasy. However, after several years, the partying began to weary him and he settled down with his girlfriend, Claudia, and was living a more sedate, lawful life.

However, the law caught up with him. In 2000, he was arrested
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Rhianne Larson
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Learned way more than I wanted to know about cockroaches. Not forgetting this one anytime soon!
Manda Jacobs
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this author is not as well known as many others out there, I HIGHLY encourage anyone who is looking for something interesting to check out to give his books a try. Shaun Attwood is somewhat well-known in the Phoenix community for being a major ecstasy dealer during the early days of the drugs arrival stateside, as well as being one of the pioneers of the movement of the rave. I got this book as a free Kindle download, and was hooked right from the jump.

The only thing I hated about this
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Zak
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A "hero-to-zero" true life account of former stockbroker, millionaire day trader Shaun Attwood's nightmare in jail in Arizona BEFORE he was convicted and sent to actual prison. He spent about 2 years in hellish conditions and finally took a plea bargain just to have the certainty of a fixed incarceration period. In the book, he does admit his own guilt in running arguably the largest Ecstasy distribution ring where he lived and throwing drug-fuelled rave parties for thousands.

In a world where t
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J
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I would have given this book a higher rating had I not lived in Arizona for most of my life and knew for many years about the human rights violations that happened under Joe Arpaio. I think this book will probably stun many who haven't heard of Joe, tent city and the pink boxers. The most surprising thing about the story to me, is that the justice system is SO broken that both sides use loopholes, illegal maneuvering and outright trickery to try to make it work for them.

It also never oc
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Izabela
May 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I found the style of writing awkward, I was sucked into Shaun's story too much to put the book down. The story didn't really flow well together, even from paragraph to paragraph, making it difficult to follow sometimes, but it was very entertaining. ...more
Joe
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard Time is a very compelling first hand account of sheriff Joe Arpaio's torturous Maricopa county jail system. It will also leave you wondering about our criminal justice system as a whole.

Shaun's stories are shocking for many reasons - almost all of them having to do with the prison administration, but also paint a vivid picture of the people living in these jails. They are human beings. Flawed, many broken, but human. The mere drug offenders and petty criminals exist in stark contrast to the
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Nicci
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a man put in an American Prison for drug offences and is written by him about his time in the jail. It uncovers the ridiculous state of the american system held in remand on a $750,000 bail when the justice system had minumal evidence against him. With the help of a $50k lawyer he managed to get out but only after a plea bargain. A first time offender he was clearly used to set an example. His day to day life in the prison is an interesting read and it sounds horrendus. The fo ...more
Crickett Lancaster
Wow.

I work with women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and I am seriously considering lobbying the counseling staff and program director to include some of Shaun Atwood's work in their programming. Of course, it's possible that the only lesson some will learn is "don't do crime in Maricopa County" , it is also quite likely that the larger consequences might sink in. You've done a package tour of Hell, Mr. Attwood. It is awful that people are still treated this way, but you are to be
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Lorie
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Believable

And compelling...glad to know someone is shedding light on the county jails situation in this country. The fact that it takes someone outside of this country to do that is telling. They are a revolving door and money making scam between the courts and the legal system, and yes if you commit a crime and do the time, that would be one thing, but there's so much room for improvement it's mind boggling that people in county jails are treated like animals. Not just in Arizona, but everywher
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Ken Montrose
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down for many of the same reason's I can't stop myself from looking at a traffic accident. I know what I'm about to see/read is bad, but I have to know how bad, even though I'll never clear my mind of the image. The picture Attwood paints is bad. Unbelievably bad. In many ways we're running a third world prison system. Attwood captures this in vivid detail. At times I felt sick as he described the violence, bugs, heat, food, showers, etc.

I would have given it five stars
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David
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing look inside

A captivating story about the process one goes through while being processing in the American legal system. The hardships faced for those who only want to do their time and move on make one rethink the value of our current prison system.
Iysha
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felt every emotion possible, from anger to sadness to happiness....
James
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb read! You get hooked in early on. The characters, events, and narrative are absorbing. Exactly what a good journal should be.
Melody Vig
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspirational book about overcoming obstacles.
steven smith
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tidy

Well worth a read if you're in to prison books going e download prison time now then I've read them all
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Justin Hall
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

A very interesting book. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series. If I hadn't got to read this one for free, I would've missed out on a good story.
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Jane Thompson
Jail time

This book tells it like it like it is. It is an unblushing look at jail as it is administered in this country.
Shelly Singhal
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling read

This is a stark reminder of how corrupt the us justice system is. Hopefully Sheriff Joe gets a taste of his own prison as part of his indictment.
Melanie Bower
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shocking

Very hard to read. It gives a fantastic insight into the prison system at that time and the conditions hidden from the public.
Bill Lively
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading for all teenage boys. If Atwood's true story does not scare them straight then nothing will. ...more
Jennavieve
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Book

This book was everything I had hoped it to be and even more then I had imagined. It gives you a real insight of what it is like to be locked up.
Colin fripp
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book

Loved the book.true to life.read it in one sitting. I recommend this book to anyone.you will enjoy it.its good.oh yes
Lisa Marroquin
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

I loved this book. Couldn't stop reading. Great story. Thank you for this great read. I can't wait to read the rest of his books.
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Dandontthink
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Ending however left me in the dark somewhat. Hated the ending
Mistress Kaz
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shaun Attwood's book trilogy including; Party time, Hard Time and Prison time is a compelling series, and an astonishing biographical account of an ex stockbrokers time suffering at the hands of America's judicial system. Shaun exposes the appalling conditions prisoners face and the Hell they must endure, but what stood out for me was the author's resilience, the anecdotes and the friendships formed with other inmates. Attwood's style of narration super sizes the colourful characters and they pr ...more
Rick Nonsense
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ignore the trashy name and cover. The book ends up covering significant thematic depth, with obvious things like the state of US prisons and the drug epidemic but also ideas of suffering as redemption, the value of reading, emergent order and a whole bunch of fascinating stuff about social and tribal dynamics. It's a bit like if Dostoevsky was a raver from Widnes. Great stuff. ...more
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