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This remarkable work discusses not only the history of torture but its moral implications as well. Everyone interested in the long and difficult course of human rights, personal and political freedom and in the history of crime and punishment will find the book fascinating and enlightening.
Posted April 1, 2005
This book was fascinating. Torture has played a huge role in all societies, ours being no different. It was hard to read at times because of the subject matter being discussed, but overall it was interesting and well written. The only criticisms I have are that some of the stories sound too outlandish to be true. Also I felt the author spent too much time on European history and did not devote enough time to other areas. All in all though, this is a great book with good insight into the human condition. The conclusion of the book also did a wonderful job of making me question my own opinions and feelings on torture, morality, and corporal punishment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.