First printing of this autobiography of an inmate of the "Fort Worth Death House," detailing the inadequacies and abuses of the 1950s prison system from the inside.
Near fine in very good dust jacket.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BILLY MCCUNE
An extraordinary jailhouse memoir: an unanswerable indictment of the American–specifically, Texan–system of juvenile institutionalization, punitive incarceration, and execution. The author, a lengthily self-justifying rapist (who protests his conviction without attributing significance to the crime he recounts) was first sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment; as an inmate, McCune was classified as "psychotic" and subjected to an array of physical, psychological, and psychiatric abuses then — and-now — widely practiced in American prisons, and permitted to continue by the indifference of the American public.
(San Francisco): Straight Arrow Books, (1973). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original dark blue cloth. In original unclipped ($5.95) dust jacket. Cover illustration by McCune. 154 pages. Minor wear to boards. Jacket lightly scuffed at corners and spine ends.
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