Item #7197 The History of Torture. Brian Innes.

The History of Torture

New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.

Stated First Edition. Hardcover. Stated First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 9 3/4" X 7 3/4". 192pp. Book presents nicely in protective archival sleeve. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Black cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Bump to bottom corner of spine. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm and sound. Heavily illustrated throughout.

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 about in ancient Greece, thumbscrews were introduced to western Europe from Russia in the 17th century, and with the 20th century came the use of electricity and hallucinogenic drugs to elicit confessions. Ranging from the ancient world to World War II, from the war in Algeria (1954– 62) to the torture of the IRA in Northern Ireland, from the torture of Native Americans to India, China, Japan and Cambodia’s Killing Fields, the book also details the torture that has taken place since 9/11, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Guantanamo Bay.
Meticulously researched, The History of Torture is illustrated with more than 100 etchings, paintings and photographs. It offers a remarkable overview of the uses and abuses of power, both within and outside the legal system.(Publisher). Very good / very good. Item #7197
ISBN: 0312184255

Price: $15.00

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