A Handbook on Hanging

A Handbook on Hanging

by Charles Duff
     
 

A Handbook on Hanging is a Swiftian tribute to that unappreciated mainstay of civilization: the hangman. With barbed insouciance, Charles Duff writes not only of hanging but of electrocution, decapitations, and gassings; of innocent men executed and of executions botched; of the bloodlust of mobs and the shabby excuses of the great. This coruscating and,

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A Handbook on Hanging is a Swiftian tribute to that unappreciated mainstay of civilization: the hangman. With barbed insouciance, Charles Duff writes not only of hanging but of electrocution, decapitations, and gassings; of innocent men executed and of executions botched; of the bloodlust of mobs and the shabby excuses of the great. This coruscating and, in contemporary America, very relevant polemic makes clear that whatever else capital punishment may be said to be—justice, vengeance, a deterrent—it is certainly killing.

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Library Journal
This is a chronicle of hanging and other forms of capital punishment throughout history. It is also a tongue-in-cheek commentary on humankind's fervor for public executions and other grisly forms of entertainment. Though published in 1923, this is not out of place in today's society. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Being a short Introduction to the fine Art of Execution, containing much useful Information on Neck-Breaking, Throttling, Strangling, Asphyxiation, Decapitation, and Electrocution; Data and Wrinkles on Hangmanship; with the late Mr. Hangman Berry's Method and his pioneering List of Drops; to which is added an Account of the Great Nuremberg Hangings; a Ready Reckoner for Hangmen; and many other items of interest including the Anatomy of Murder. An Irish native, Duff (1894-1966) wrote plays, travel essays, and other works beside this Swiftian tribute to the unsung public servant. Any original bibliography or index has since been lopped off. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780940322677
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.01(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.54(d)

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