Like many residents of the bay, I have lived in the area for a long time, yet had never visited Alcatraz, that infamous island in the middle of the San Francisco bay. That is, until a week ago. I finally got a chance to go to the island with visiting relatives and it was quite interesting. Sure, I had gleaned some if its history over my years of living here, reading about it in the newspapers, and from classes in school. For instance, although it was no longer a prison by the time I moved to California, I do remember the Native American occupation that came later — do you?
Heart of the rock : the Indian invasion of Alcatraz / by Adam Fortunate Eagle.
The library has a number of books about Alcatraz and its many different uses, from fort, to prison, to park:
Alcatraz : the gangster years / by David A. Ward.
Ghosts of Alcatraz / by Kathryn Vercillo.
Alcatraz screw : my years as a guard in America’s most notorious prison / by George H. Gregory.
You can also find movies placed there:
Birdman of Alcatraz [videorecording] / a Norma production ; produced by Stuart Millar and Guy Trosper ; directed by John Frankenheimer ; screenplay by Guy Trosper.
The rock [videorecording] / Hollywood Pictures ; directed by Michael Bay ; A Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer production.
Perhaps, it is time to visit Alcatraz yourself!