Thomas E. Gaddis was author of Birdman of Alcatrez and technical director of the film. Professor and practising psychologist, he was founding director of prison education programs in the Oregon Penitentiary system. James O. Long is an award-winning newspaperman and Pulitzer Prize nominee noted for his investigative and feature articles in the Portland Oregonian.
"I enjoyed the real hell out of it. Panzram is one of those people who don't exist in your mind until you come across him in life or as here, in a book, and then he never leaves it." - Norman Mailer; "I carried away a vivid image of this...very ugly, but obviously thoughtful individual faced with the problem of evil in himself and in the rest of us." - Dr. Karl Menninger