Books American Prison A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer Hardcover, 351 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $28 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleAmerican PrisonSubtitleA Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of PunishmentAuthorShane Bauer Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary The investigative journalist draws on his experiences working in a Louisiana private prison to connect today's brutal for-profit prison system to the Civil War-era mass incarcerations of African-American workers. Genres: Politics & Public Affairs Nonfiction History & Society Also by Shane Bauer A Sliver of Light Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about American Prison NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2018's Great Reads November 27, 2018 The Book Concierge is back! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Review Book Reviews Investigative Journalist Aims To Expose Ills Of Privately Run Prisons September 19, 2018 American Prison is the remarkable story of a journalist who spent four months working as a corrections officer — and a horrifying exposé of how prisoners are treated by a profiting corporation.