Alcatraz by Mark Black
A Very Brief History

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Want to learn more about history, but don’t think you have the time? Think again.

‘Alcatraz: A Very Brief History’ is a concise history of the maximum security prison that housed some of the country's most dangerous inmates, including such infamous criminals as Al Capone and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud. However, the history of Alcatraz is more varied and interesting than many people might think; its strategically important location in the San Francisco Bay meant that it was an important defensive fort for several decades, and it played a key role in the American Civil War, when it served as a military prison.

The Very Brief History series is intended to give the reader a short, concise account of the most important events in world history. Each book provides the reader with the essential facts concerning a particular event or person; no distractions, just the essential facts, allowing the reader to master the subject in the shortest time possible.

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About Mark Black

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Published November 7, 2012 36 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Huffington Post

Of course, there are new reality shows and returning favorites, but there is quite a bit of scripted goodness to get excited about, too.

Dec 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Alcatraz: A Very Brief History

Huffington Post

(I did this with "Chuck" before the show's many distinct pleasures began making up for the shaky foundations it displayed at first.) I know that half the fun of this kind of show comes from the piecemeal reveals about the big mystery, but all of that feels a little too slow on "Alcatraz."

Jan 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Alcatraz: A Very Brief History

The British Fantasy Society

it would be a good one to read aloud to younger children, and it definitely brought out the inner adolescent in this slightly older reviewer – I giggled along like a schoolboy.

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Sci-Fi Bulletin

Episode 3 ‘Kit Nelson’: 8/10 Episode 4 ‘Cal Sweeney’: 6/10 Episode 5 ‘Guy Hastings’: 6/10 Episode 6 ‘Paxton Petty’: 5/10 Episode 7 ‘Johnny McKee’: 5/10 Brian J.

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