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Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People by John Conroy
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Aug 24, 11

bookshelves: journalism, police-abuse, prison-industrial-complex, prisoners
Read in August, 2011

A gripping read. I started it 5 days ago. It's a really intense look at 3 case studies of torture from within "developed" countries: Britain, Israel, and the United States. The author is a great writer and within the first couple pages of the book I was hooked. His analysis is interesting as are the case studies. He does a good job of portraying both the complexity of the issue and the simplicity. He talks to both victims and torturers and looks at a wide variety of sources to tell his story about these atrocities. In the end though, it seems like the larger population is more apt to side with torturers and torturers are more likely to be protected by the "democratic" states that commanded them to commit their brutality. I highly recommend this book. Amazing.

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