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Torture: Does It Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK?: A Human Rights Perspective Hardcover – October 20, 2005

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No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

About the Author

Kenneth Roth is executive director of Human Rights Watch. He has written articles on a range of human rights topics for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and the International Herald Tribune, among other publications. He lives in New York City.

Minky Worden is director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch. She is a co-editor (with Kenneth Roth) of Torture: Does It Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK?: A Human Rights Perspective (The New Press).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press; First Edition edition (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156584971X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565849716
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,154,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By I. Schwaiger on September 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was a decent and informative read, but it is maybe more activist that academic. Most of the essays come from Human Rights Watch, which is a fine organization, but it does tend to make the book a little one-sided. The finest sections were from independent authors, with the exception of the final chapter written by HRW's general counsel which was a great essay. Of course, the book's biggest shortcoming is that it fails to conclusively answer its own questions: does torture ever make us safer? Is it ever okay? You can draw some conclusions from the authors, but without being able to read some of the other side of this debate, the answers are at least somewhat superficial. I recommend this book as an accompaniment to others on the subject.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the type of literature we need to read to remind ourselves of the atrocoties of war. I will recommend this book to anyone interested in analyzing the justifications of torture, with the premise that some claim it might save others from harm. Easy to read essays, good for the everyday reader and for the scholar. I would also recommend it to those guys prepping to be deployed.
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