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Hardcover The History of Torture Book

ISBN: 1782743901

ISBN13: 9781782743903

The History of Torture

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However repugnant, torture has been practiced, either publicly approved or clandestinely, for thousands of years. From the rack to electrodes, from witch-hunts to the Inquisition to a post-colonial world, torture is something we have always lived with. The History of Torture tells the complete story, from the ancient world to the present day, from physical cruelty to mental torment. The rack may be thought of as something medieval, but was first written...

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This One is Pretty Good.

I hate to repeat myself, but this book covers topics you are familiar with. It is done far better than other accounts of similar subjects covering torture through time in that Innes actually takes one through time. Nice job

Compact survey

An extensive overview of torture, containing much photographic and illustrative detail. The sections range from torture in ancient Greece and Rome, the Far East, the Inquisition, the Spanish Inquisition, instruments of torture (such as the infamous Spanish "strappado") torture in the twentieth century, the campaign against torture (spearheaded by the likes of Voltaire and Edmund Burke) and psychological torture -- "the torture of the mind" -- i.e., brainwashing and the like.

A very mesmerizing book on the cruelties of mankind .

I found this book to be concise summary on the use of torture in our past and present society. It was not overly lengthy in content, but summarized the use of torture both for punishment and 'justice'. The cruelties of mankind toward his fellow man are hard imagine. Often these were undertaken in the name of God. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this subject.

Mr. Innes has captured the essence of man's need to torture.

Mr. Innes has produced a worthy book. His understand and exposition of the methods and the reasons for torture is excellent. He has proved his assertion that torture results from the emotion of fear and he has shown that torture is a tool of "average" people. That makes torture even more frightening because we, the readers, come to understand that torture doesn't have to be done by the stange or abnormal individual.
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