- Paperback: 333 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Trade (July 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425164314
- ISBN-13: 978-0425164310
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,163,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Theory and Practice of Hell Paperback – July 1, 1998
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I found the deeper value of the book in the author's erudite discussions of motivations of the guards and the prisoners and even of the population at large. The explanation of how the camp worked from the inside, the hierarchy among prisoners is fascinating, and the discussion of why there was so little resistance, the herd mentality applied to mass executions was stunning.
I pride myself on a decent vocabulary and have been accused myself of being a pedant but I am a rank amateur compared to this author (and most likely his translator). That's the main reason I didn't give this book five stars. The other reason is that I find the author's squeamishness in reporting the excesses of torture and brutality to be distracting. We know this stuff happened and we need to face it unflinching, and I wanted this book to be a lot more comprehensive. I wanted it to be the resource to refer to in a world that is too ready and eager to forget. Instead the author only hints at the depravity, in some manner making the impact of the frightful story less, the further removed we are from that period.
Still very worth while
book sent in a timely manner. book in good condition. price excellant.