‘Alcatraz’ Book Review

Editor's Picks, Featured Article
on April 15, 2012

Alcatraz: History and Design of a Landmark
By Donald MacDonald & Ira Nadel
Hardcover, 144 pages ($16.95)

How did a bleak chunk of isolated sandstone rock in San Francisco Bay become one of America’s hottest tourist attractions? Compact but packed with details, illustrations and info—especially when it comes to the unique, virtually impregnable features of its formidable structure—this fact-filled island-ography of Alcatraz traces its long, colorful history through its use as a military fortress, federal penitentiary and, ultimately, national park toured by more than one million visitors each year, curious to see where Al Capone, “Machine Gun” Kelly and other notorious gangsters served their time on “The Rock.”

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