Citizen Outlaw: One Man's Journey from Gangleader to Peacekeeper

Charles Barber (Author)

Product Details

Ecco Press
Publish Date
October 15, 2019
6.3 X 1.1 X 9.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Barber is a writer-in-residence at Wesleyan University and a lecturer in psychiatry at Yale. He has written widely on mental health and criminal justice issues, both in popular and scholarly publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, The Nation, and Scientific American Mind. Barber has appeared on the BBC, CNN, CBS News, and NPR's Fresh Air. He lives in Connecticut with his family.


"Citizen Outlaw plunges readers inside the belly of the beast with such searing credibility, you'll feel you're there.Brilliantly crafted, Citizen Outlaw is that rare book that educates, entertains, and inspires. It's a must read for anyone interested in criminal justice reform and the power of the human spirit."--Pete Earley, author of The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison
"An extraordinary book about an extraordinary man. Citizen Outlaw is a great American gangster story, told with wit and insight. This account of his life is riveting and unexpectedly moving--a life-and-death saga that is also a meditation on the nature of ambition."--Kelefa Sanneh, staff writer, The New Yorker
"Charles Barber's Citizen Outlaw is an elegantly written account tackling one of the most important moral issues of our time--the role of redemption in our justice system and our society. This book offers an unforgettable rendering of a life redeemed."--Jennifer Gonnerman, author of Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett
"What does it mean when the person least likely to turn around his life actually does it? William Outlaw's story, told by Charles Barber with sensitivity and wisdom and jaw-dropping detail, will amaze and inspire you."--Robert Kolker, author of Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
"Inspirational."--Kirkus Reviews
"Inspiring . . . Barber could not have chosen a better subject; Outlaw is smart, charismatic, and someone readers will instantly root for. . . . A must-read especially for those interested in social justice and prison reform."--Booklist