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Shane Bauer

Ted Ely

Shane Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine. His new book is "American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment." In 2015, Bauer worked as a prison guard in Louisiana to investigate corporate-run prisons, the subject of the award-winning piece, My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard.

In 2016, he went undercover again to investigate America’s resurgent right-wing paramilitary movement. Earlier in his career, Bauer focused on the Middle East, reporting from locations such as Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Israel/Palestine. From 2009-2011 Shane was held hostage in Iran with Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal. Together they co-authored a memoir, "A Sliver of Light," published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt.

His articles have appeared in The Nation, Salon, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor and many other publications. His journalism has garnered a number of national awards, including a National Magazine Award for Best Reporting, a Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, a Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, an Izzy Stone Award, two John Jay Awards for Criminal Justice Reporting and many others.

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American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Penguin Press
September 2018
ISBN 9780735223585
368 pages
$28.00, INSTORE
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A ground-breaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America: in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country's history. More/less

A Sliver of Light
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Mariner Books
May 2003
ISBN 9780544483972
$14.95, INSTOCK
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