A History of Torture Author:George Riley Scott However civilized it appears almost every human society in recorded history has used pain to exert power over it's members. The justifications vary. For the Aztecs torture was part of religious ritual, for the witch hunters of Christian Europe it was a form of punishment. Even on out own times the inhumanity of man continues. — In this grimly fas... more »cinating book George Riley Scott chronicles the use of torture over a period of more than 2000 years. Through wide ranging research and with over 50 illustrations he builds up a picture of the techniques used, the extent to which they were practiced, and the underlying psychology of the act.
Scott's intention is not to titillate but to inform. He argues that it is only by recognizing the cruelties inflicted in the past that we can hope to eliminate them in the future.
The book is written like a text book, it's pretty dry going and there are some very graphic photos. Fair warning there are a few pictures of dead bodies, some of them decapitated.« less
I forgot to put in the description this was originally published in 1940, it doesn't get too modern, lol. Pretty dry and classroom-y, more like a textbook. It's not the kind of book you read from cover to cover but you read in bits and pieces.