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 history, he chose Nancy without hesitation. But before he went straight, he just needed to pull off one last bank 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 with a million dollars of the bank’s money in his hands and the FBI constantly on his tail, he would have to escape The Toughest Prison of All to achieve peace.
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 Fosberg 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
As much as this book reveals criminal behavior and the particulars about living in a penal institution, this book is not about prison walls or institutional systems. It’s about what Floyd discovered about himself that caused him to give up his life of crime. It’s about why he decided to give up his psychopathic thinking and become a normal citizen. It’s about how he has been able to remain out of prison for the past 22 years. This book is a good read. Once you start into it, you will have a hard time putting it down.
—Al Carlisle, Ph.D., author of the The Development of the Violent Mind series, which includes I’m Not Guilty: The Case of Ted Bundy and The Mind of the Devil: The Cases of Westley Allan Dodd and Arthur Gary Bishop
Floyd Forsberg is a commercial truck driver in Vancouver, Washington, where he lives with his wife and several cats. After 35 years in state and federal prisons beginning at age 15, Floyd was paroled from a life sentence and released in August, 1992. “After decades of staring at nothing but steel bars and grey prison walls, my trips through some of the country’s most wondrous landscapes—especially in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana—were among the most awe-inspiring and fulfilling experiences in my life.” The Toughest Prison of All is his first published book. He is currently working on a collection of essays about his experiences in prison, entitled Stories From The Yard.