'Morality is nothing more than an expression of expediency' a notorious torturer reportedly once replied to objections about his profession. From the primitive snake pit to sophisticated methods of brainwashing, literally thousands of techniques have been devised to distort both the body and the mind - and to satisfy the sadistic needs of those who command, perform and witness human torture. In The History of Torture, Daniel P. Mannix examines with honesty and thoroughness every aspect of torture: the professional torturers, many of them history's most famous men and women; their theories and techniques; the role torture has played in history; and the refinements brought to the practice of torture by individual fanatics, religious groups, the military and entire cultures. The result is information on the infliction of pain for punishment or coercion from pre-history to modern times.
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.
The Wound and the Witness: The Rhetoric of Torture
American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond
At the Side of Torture Surviv
The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib
Delicate Torture: (Living Poetically)
Moral Dilemmas of Modern War: Torture, Assassination, and Blackmail in an A ...
LA Doble Historia Del Doctor Valmy (Hispanic Texts)
Mon combat contre la torture
Protecting Prisoners: The Standards of the European Committee for the Preve ...
Punishment and Death: The Need for Radical Analysis (A Special Issue of Rad ...
Legacy of Torture: The War Against the Black Liberation Movement