A full-color history of the cruel and violent ways in which humans have meted out punishment--from early civilizations to the present.
Library JournalThe evolution of humankind reveals a grisly history of torture, persecution, and execution. With every civilizing achievement, there have been corresponding examples of state-sanctioned torture or execution. The Bible itself applies the death penalty to 30 different misdemeanors, while the Middle Ages were highlighted by barbarous forms of torture. Farrington (Natural Disasters: The Terrifying Forces of Nature) provides hundreds of photos and illustrations in a full-color account of the many cruel and violent ways in which punishment has been administered. She chronicles a large number of past state-sanctioned acts of punishment (e.g., stonings, festivals of death) as well as modern forms of capital punishment (lethal injections, gas chambers). The author concludes that the use of execution in religious ritual is older than recorded history and is universal to all cultures; state-sponsored executions, moreover, have been used both as deterrents and as punishment. Although this book does not offer new insights, it does provide an excellent chronological perspective that is easy to read. Recommended for specialized collections in criminology and deviant behavior.--Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
BooknewsMilitary historian Kellaway chronicles these fascinating but grisly subjects by time, region, and method, beginning with the methods used by early civilizations, then covering the evolution from the sadistic tools of the medieval age to the modern search for humane execution. She includes hundreds of color photographs and illustrations as well as stories told by the victims themselves. Not recommended for the faint of heart. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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