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The Instruments of Torture Hardcover – October 1, 2000

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Torture is associated most closely with the absolute monarchies of history and the totalitarian and dictatorial regimes of the more recent past and present day. The classical world employed it widely though by no means indiscriminately, while in the West it doesn't seem to have been used systematically until the medieval era. After the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, western countries began banning it - though actual practice didn't necessarily keep pace with official legislation. Even in the last few years, such democratic countries as Denmark, the UK, and the United States have at one time or another, it is claimed, strayed over the boundary between justifiably close and actually abusive questioning. The Instruments of Torture looks at the techniques and tools used in torture, ranging from the earliest known historical instances of the practice right up to the present time and covering practices used throughout the world. The different methods of inflicting pain are grouped by type (stretching, for instance, having been used particularly in the European Renaissance as well as being still widespread in the Middle East), showing the grim parallels in torture as used in different cultures and contexts. (7 1/2 x 9 1/2, 192 pages, b&w photos, etchings)
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The author: is a columnist, book reviewer and feature writer for the Scotsman and Times Literary Supplement with many books and articles to his credit.
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Spellmount Publishers Ltd (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862271151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862271159
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,587,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With The Instruments of Torture, Mr.Kerrigan has written a superbly informative and gruesome journey into the hellish world of torture. He illustrates his book with nightmarish visions of a world gone mad! The author's text is both well researched and entertaining. This book ranks with Innes's History of Torture and Farrington's History of Punishment and Torture. Only John Swain's masterpiece The Pleasures of the Torture Chamber ranks higher!
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An action-packed trip through the tools and devices that make torture memorable, without getting bogged down in the "moral" issues involved (with the exception of the socially manditory epilogue entitled "Torture Bad"). Exacting and well-illustrated examples of torture instruments and techniques grouped by type and design.
Almost as great as Danniel P. Mannix's masterwork, A History of Torture. While this book is likely more factually accurate, the author (as with most authors) cannot live up to Mannix's fine verbal form. This, however, is still a keeper.
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If you are into the macabre then strap in! Literally lol. This book illustrates the very depravity of man. highly recommended
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This book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about torture, and a few things you would be happy not knowing.
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