THE HISTORY OF TORTURE

Author: Innes (Brian)
Year: 1999
Publisher: Blitz.
Edition Details: Reprint (1st pub.1998)
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9781856054645
Price: 6.00
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Hardback. Reprint. The complete story of torture is told, from its earliest uses right through to the present day. The book explains the many tools and techniques of torture, which range from blatantly vicious methods to the most subtle of mental cruelties. The rack is one of the most enduring torture tools: first written of in Ancient Greece, it was used to stretch the victim's body from either end. Thumbscrews were introduced to western Europe from Russia in the 17th century. With the 20th century came the use of new techniques: electrodes were attached to various parts of the body to administer electric shocks, while a number of drugs, including hallucinogens, have been used to elicit confessions. The most recent instances of torture are reviewed, including torture in modern warfare, particularly in Germany and the Far East during WWII. The book also details the fight against torture. A meticulously researched account, its detailed text enhanced by over 100 etchings, paintings and photographs. It offers a remarkable overview of man's inhumanity to man and the use and abuse of power, both outside and within the legal system. Profusely illus. + Index. 192pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. F. in F. protected dw. A fairly heavy book which will require additional postage if shipped overseas.

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