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The Toughest Prison of All

The True Story of Bank Robbery, Prison Escapes, and the Search for Love on the Outside
Narrated by: James D. (Don) Adams
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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Portrait of a bank robber.

When Floyd Forsberg lost his father at 10, he turned to shoplifting and burglary to feed his family, and fill the void his father left. At 14, he was sent to the Luther Burbank School for Boys for possessing firearms and running away. There, Floyd found himself trapped by a system that sought to destroy his dignity rather than restore his character. From this point forward, Floyd would strive to become the most hardened, disciplined, professional bank robber ever.

On one of the rare occasions he wasn't incarcerated, Floyd met Nancy, a golden-haired goddess, the love of his life. Given the choice between loving her and being the greatest bank robber in America, he chose Nancy without hesitation. But before he went straight, he just needed to pull off one last job....

Floyd Forsberg spent his time behind bars planning the biggest bank heist in history and longing for the simple love of his soul mate. When he robbed the First National Bank of Nevada in 1974, he achieved his first goal. But even a million dollars couldn’t free him from the "toughest prison of all" - his addiction to criminal thinking. It took the wisdom of a prison psychologist, a personal awakening, and the love of two women to end the personal torment that began when he was 10 years old. 

©2015 Floyd C. Forsberg (P)2019 Genius Book Publishing

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“For years I’ve known Floyd Forsberg as a reliable source whose every news tip panned out. Now Forsberg has written the best personal indictment of America’s horrific prison system that I’ve read since Ted Conover’s 2000 classic, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing. Forsberg’s plainspoken prose tells a soul-searching tale of survival and transformation that will touch readers from all walks of life. The angry young man determined to be the country’s best bank robber has emerged as the sage author of a life story that reads like a thriller and traces his daring escape from The Toughest Prison of All.” (Richard Read, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, The Oregonian/Oregonlive)

“After 35 years in law enforcement, I have worked with many professional cops and encountered many professional thieves. Floyd Forsberg was one of the best career thieves around and created thousands of headaches for my peers. The Toughest Prison Of All is a great read with a twist ending that doesn’t happen very often. The insider view of crime taught me things that I had never considered. I’m already looking forward to his next book.” (Tom Allman, Sheriff-Coroner of Mendocino County (California) and co-author of Out There In The Woods)

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  • A. Hulett
  • 06-06-19

Great Book - Awful Editing

The constant repetition of the first line of a new paragraph throughout the book is just weird.
The lines are read in a slightly different way the second time, so I assume it’s simply an editing error, leaving both versions in place.
Enjoyable, but this spoilt it as an audiobook :(