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Canada's Big House: The Dark History of the Kingston Penitentiary Paperback – Oct 1 1999


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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; 1st Printing edition (Oct. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550023306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550023305
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15 x 22.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steveriffic on March 18 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a good concept, but poorly executed. The authour states early on that he will not recount stories of various escapes, which signals a sincere academic tone, but a bit of excitement would have helped greatly. Instead, there are several overlong passages devoted to the rules of the prison over time.

Most troublesome is that Hennessey can't seem to settle on whether he's looking at K.P. or the whole Canadian prison system, since he often uses events at the former as an indication of the endemic flaws of the latter. This will be good reading for someone writing a thesis on K.P., but it's deadly boring as a casual read.
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