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The History of Torture

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  101 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A fascinating, often gruesome, account of the use of torture throughout historyTorture is undeniably a crime against humanity. Yet, however repugnant the practice of torture appears to us today, it was legal for at least 3,000 years, and formed a part of most legal codes in Europe and the Far East. In The History of Torture the complete story of torture is told, from its e ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Press
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Nightwishel
Feb 01, 2012 Nightwishel rated it really liked it
За мое удовлетворение, книгата се оказа не просто сбор от детайлно историческо представяне на различни варианти за мъчения, които у някой лабилен би причинил тежки съновидения, както и чудесни идеи за саморазправа с тъщата, но се и опитва донякъде да вникне в причината за тази масова нечовечност.
Авторът Браян Инес не ми беше познат, но има интригуващи заглавия в областта на пиратството, шпионажа и разни там магьоснически дела...а и живеел в преустроена, направена от желязо мелница нейде из Южна
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Abu Hasan
Sep 18, 2014 Abu Hasan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(قُتِل الإنسان ما أكفره)
Daniel
Nov 16, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it
I have to say some parts of this book was pretty rough to read. If you try to imagine what you read, you might find yourself shivering a little bit.

Worth the read if you're interested, if not I doubt there's much to get, will give or refresh a bit of general history information as well, which isn't bad.
Maja Jeppesen
Nov 04, 2013 Maja Jeppesen rated it really liked it
Shelves: study-books
During the time when my classmates were reading "lord of the flies" in English and in history we were entering into the world war 2, I decided that my history class was a by vanilla in the regards of actually explaining to us the extent of just how cruel humanity can be at times. With this argument, I went with my mother to barns and nobles(rest in peace my beloved store) and told them I wanted a historical book about torture.

...... Needles to say, it took is some two hours to get them to unders
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Dec 30, 2013 A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هل يعد تقييم الكتاب بأربع نجمات أمرًا لا إنساني؟
رغم بشاعة ما ورد فيه إلا أنه ينبئنا بالمقدار المرعب الذي يمكن أن ينغمس فيه بني آدم بالرذيلة، وبالتنكر لبني جنسه. وما يدهش أن الأسباب التي تُسبب للضحايا المساكين هلاكهم ركيكة جداً، وهو ما يؤكد أن الجنس البشري يرتقي بالعلم والإطلاع. خلال مطالعتي شعرتُ بعظيم الامتنان لهذا العصر الذي يحمي الإنسان ويحفظ له حرية فكره!
Jessito (Reny)
Sep 06, 2016 Jessito (Reny) rated it really liked it
Quite an interesting read. Rather than simply presenting a list of popular torture devices, the book puts them in context by discussing how and why they were used in different geographies, famous cases related to them and how people perceived torture. The book covers mostly Europe and some Asian countries, and spans from ancient times to as recent as the 90s.
Kasia
Apr 19, 2010 Kasia rated it it was amazing
great book on what one human can do to the other... thrilling and disgusting but at the same time very important for the understanding of human history and culture.
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صفحة من هذا الكتاب تجعلك تلعن البشرية على غبائها وإجرامها في ازمنة سابقة (مبالغة لكن الكتاب فعلا أسود لعين دموي9
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The book offers an illuminating glimpse in the dark side of human nature.
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