Media Center: ‘Blood in the Water’ by Heather Ann Thompson

Media Center: ‘Blood in the Water’ by Heather Ann Thompson

WHO: Heather Ann Thompson

The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

WHEN: Published by Pantheon August 23, 2016

WHERE: The uprising took place in upstate New York.

WHY: “Compelling…Sensitive…Impressively authoritative and thoughtfully composed…A real eye-opener for readers whose interest in Attica and knowledge of what happened ended when the headlines receded.” —KIRKUS, starred review

“Extraordinary — a true gift to the written history of civil rights and racial justice struggles in America.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

“Remarkable…Blood in the Water is a historical tour de force. It sheds new light on these most important historical events, events that in part triggered the wave of exponential prison growth today. For those of us who have been tracing the rise of mass incarceration in this country, Heather Ann Thompson’s book is a must read.”
—Bernard E. Harcourt, Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia University

“Heather Ann Thompson wields the powers of the historian with mesmerizing force. Forty-five years after the Attica uprising, Blood in the Water offers the most complete history to date on that tragic episode and does so with unflinching purpose: a clearer view of the consequences for human life, both past and present.” —Glenn E. Martin, Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA

“A sobering reminder that we must all care about what is happening to human beings behind prison walls.”
—Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York

Jacket photoFrom the beginning of the book:
“One might well wonder why it has taken forty-five years for a comprehensive history of the Attica prison uprising of 1971 to be written. The answer is simple: the most important details of this story have been deliberately kept from the public. Literally thousands of boxes of documents relating to these events are sealed or next to impossible to access.”

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Pantheon. 724 pages. $35 ISBN 978-0-375-42322-2

Publicist for this title:
Jessica Purcell | 212-572-2082 |