A Vlog Review: Newjack by Ted Conover

by Kim on July 1, 2010 · 18 comments

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Title: Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
Author: Ted Conover
Genre: Literary Journalism
Year: 2001
Acquired: Bought
Rating: ★★★★☆

Two Sentence Summary: Ted Conover wanted to write about being a correctional officer, but the New York State Department of Corrections wouldn’t let him shadow a guard for a story. So Conover became an officer for a year and was assigned to guard at Sing Sing.

Two Sentence Review: Conover’s book is a oft-cited example of strong literary journalism, and for good reason. It’s gritty and honest without engaging in stereotypes and grapples with some challenging ethical questions, all while being an engrossing read.

Why I Read It: I’m trying to read all the “big books” cited  in literary journalism history, and this is one that comes up all the time.

Long Review: I decided to switch things up a little bit and do my main review of Newjack as a vlog. Enjoy!

So what did you think? Should I do more vlog reviews in the future? Did seeing my lovely face convince you to read Newjack?

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If you have reviewed this book, please leave a link to the review in the comments and I will add your review to the main post. All I ask is for you to do the same to mine — thanks!

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