The Last Gasp

The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber
Author: Scott Christianson
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520945611
Category: History
Page: 344
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The Last Gasp takes us to the dark side of human history in the first full chronicle of the gas chamber in the United States. In page-turning detail, award-winning writer Scott Christianson tells a dreadful story that is full of surprising and provocative new findings. First constructed in Nevada in 1924, the gas chamber, a method of killing sealed off and removed from the sight and hearing of witnesses, was originally touted as a "humane" method of execution. Delving into science, war, industry, medicine, law, and politics, Christianson overturns this mythology for good. He exposes the sinister links between corporations looking for profit, the military, and the first uses of the gas chamber after World War I. He explores little-known connections between the gas chamber and the eugenics movement. Perhaps most controversially, he has unearthed new evidence about American and German collaboration in the production and lethal use of hydrogen cyanide and about Hitler’s adoption of gas chamber technology developed in the United States. More than a book about the death penalty, this compelling history ultimately reveals much about America’s values and power structures in the twentieth century.


A Litany of North Korean Crimes Against Humanity Prima Facie Evidence
Author: Sang Hun Kim
Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore
ISBN: 1482827069
Category: Political Science
Page: 52
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There has been information about shocking crimes against humanity by North Korean authorities over many decades. The information has been in the form of books, reports, and research papers for experts, news media, professors, government policy-makers, activists, etc. Thus, the information has failed to reach the attention of the general public of the human society in general. The present book has been designed to give such information to ordinary people on the streets and a book to be the first of a series of similar information to follow.

The Punishment Response

Author: Graeme Newman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351475711
Category: Social Science
Page: 372
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Punishment occupies a central place in our lives and attitudes. We suffer a profound ambivalence about its moral consequences. Persons who have been punished or are liable to be punished have long objected to the legitimacy of punishment. We are all objects of punishment, yet we are also its users. Our ambivalence is so profound that not only do we punish others, but we punish ourselves as well. We view those who submit too willingly to punishment as obedient verging on the groveling coward, and we view those who resist punishment as disobedient, rebels. In The Punishment Response Graeme Newman describes the uses of punishment and how these uses change over time.Some argue that punishment promotes discrimination and divisiveness in society. Others claim that it is through punishment that order and legitimacy are upheld. It is important that punishment is understood as neither one nor the other; it is both. This point, simple though it seems, has never really been addressed. This is why Newman claims we wax and wane in our uses of punishment; why punishing institutions are clogged by bureaucracy; why the death penalty comes and goes like the tide.Graeme Newman emphasizes that punishment is a cultural process and also a mechanism of particular institutions, of which criminal law is but one. Because academic discussions of punishment have been confined to legalistic preoccupations, much of the policy and justification of punishment have been based on discussions of extreme cases. The use of punishment in the sphere of crime is an extreme unto itself, since crime is a minor aspect of daily life. The uses of punishment, and the moral justifications for punishment within the family and school have rarely been considered, certainly not to the exhaustive extent that criminal law has been in this outstanding work.

Execution's Doorstep

True Stories of the Innocent and Near Damned
Author: Leslie Lytle
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781555536787
Category: Social Science
Page: 278
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Execution's Doorstep tells the true stories of five lives trapped in a living nightmare: sentenced to die for a crime they didn't commit. Since capital punishment was reinstated in the mid-1970s, over 120 individuals have been proven wholly innocent of the crimes for which they were sentenced to death. But this statistic, as horrifying as it is, does not begin to tell the whole story. Leslie Lytle confronts the human suffering behind these miscarriages of justice in her effort to reveal how and why they occurred. Drawing on extensive interviews and archival research, Lytle guides the reader through the fateful crimes, the arrests, the trials, the incarcerations, the struggles to prove innocence, and the difficult readjustments to life in the free world. Execution's Doorstep is more than a gripping human-interest story. As Lytle shows, the criminal justice and capital punishment systems that we have established to protect us are fallible and subject to the same incompetencies, petty corruptions,and politicizations to which all human institutions are prone. As we relive these heart-rending stories of innocents damned, this book poses a simple question: can we trust the life and death of any man to a system run by men?

The Culture of Punishment

Prison, Society, and Spectacle
Author: Michelle Brown
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814799994
Category: Social Science
Page: 251
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Analyzes social aspects of prison, covering various theories about the role and function of punishment in society in the United States, including how the culture of imprisonment carries over into everyday life through television shows, movies, prison tourism, and other avenues, and examines the negative impact of penal spectatorship.

Chosen of Mida

Author: Sharon Green
Publisher: Sharon Green Books
ISBN: 0879979275
Category: Fiction
Page: 365
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Encyclopædia of Religion and Ethics: Hymms-Liberty

Author: James Hastings,John Alexander Selbie,Louis Herbert Gray
Publisher: Burns & Oates
Category: Religion
Page: 400
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Scope: theology, philosophy, ethics of various religions and ethical systems and relevant portions of anthropology, mythology, folklore, biology, psychology, economics and sociology.

Ultimate Punishment

A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty
Author: Scott Turow
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374706470
Category: Social Science
Page: 176
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America's leading writer about the law takes a close, incisive look at one of society's most vexing legal issues Scott Turow is known to millions as the author of peerless novels about the troubling regions of experience where law and reality intersect. In "real life," as a respected criminal lawyer, he has been involved with the death penalty for more than a decade, including successfully representing two different men convicted in death-penalty prosecutions. In this vivid account of how his views on the death penalty have evolved, Turow describes his own experiences with capital punishment from his days as an impassioned young prosecutor to his recent service on the Illinois commission which investigated the administration of the death penalty and influenced Governor George Ryan's unprecedented commutation of the sentences of 164 death row inmates on his last day in office. Along the way, he provides a brief history of America's ambivalent relationship with the ultimate punishment, analyzes the potent reasons for and against it, including the role of the victims' survivors, and tells the powerful stories behind the statistics, as he moves from the Governor's Mansion to Illinois' state-of-the art 'super-max' prison and the execution chamber. This gripping, clear-sighted, necessary examination of the principles, the personalities, and the politics of a fundamental dilemma of our democracy has all the drama and intellectual substance of Turow's celebrated fiction.


A Novel
Author: Joan Brady
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743271939
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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"Watch your back most carefully when someone you trust steps behind you." Even after Hugh Freyl lost his sight he was invincible. But late one night, in the library of the elite law firm that bears his name, he was beaten to death. The obvious suspect is David Marion, a convicted killer from the inner city. Hugh, the scion of the richest and most influential family in Springfield, Illinois, had orchestrated David's release from prison and outraged his family and friends by making the young man his protégé. Now, in the eyes of Hugh's circle, David's criminal past fits him perfectly for the murderer's role. It makes no sense for David to have killed his teacher, liberator and friend. Yet, if he did not, who did? With no one to stand up for him, and armed only with the criminal skills he honed in prison and the savage fury of a cornered man, David must fight alone. But is he battling to prove his innocence or to hide his guilt? In Springfield nothing is what it seems, and the more David struggles to clear himself, the closer he gets to the snake pit of ambition and greed poisoning the social and political fabric of the city. Was Hugh all he appeared to be? Who was he protecting and why? Could this most upright of men have involved his firm in shady financial dealings? To find the answers, David must confront his violent past and the uncertainty of his future. Unraveling with startling reversals and visceral detail and as mesmerizing as the work of Scott Turow, Bleedout is a tense, psychological tour de force. It is charged with insights into betrayal and jealousy so stark that they call into question the values and presumptions by which we judge others guilty and ourselves innocent.

The Chamber

Author: John Grisham
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 0440220602
Category: Fiction
Page: 676
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Twenty-two years after the bombing of a Mississippi law office in which Marvin Kramer's two sons died, Klan member Sam Cayhill, the accused killer, has nearly exhausted his death row appeals, until young lawyer Adam Hall takes the case

Genocide, Torture, and Terrorism

Ranking International Crimes and Justifying Humanitarian Intervention
Author: Thomas W. Simon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137415118
Category: Political Science
Page: 244
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We are understandably reluctant to "rank" moral atrocities. What is worse, genocide or terrorism? In this book, Thomas W. Simon argues that politicians use this to manipulate our sense of injustice by exaggerating terrorism and minimizing torture. He advocates for an international criminal code that encourages humanitarian intervention.

Screening Torture

Media Representations of State Terror and Political Domination
Author: Michael Flynn,Fabiola Fernandez Salek
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231526970
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
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Before 9/11, films addressing torture outside of the horror/slasher genre depicted the practice in a variety of forms. In most cases, torture was cast as the act of a desperate and depraved individual, and the viewer was more likely to identify with the victim rather than the torturer. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, scenes of brutality and torture in mainstream comedies, dramatic narratives, and action films appear for little other reason than to titillate and delight. In these films, torture is devoid of any redeeming qualities, represented as an exercise in brutal senselessness carried out by authoritarian regimes and institutions. This volume follows the shift in the representation of torture over the past decade, specifically in documentary, action, and political films. It traces and compares the development of this trend in films from the United States, Europe, China, Latin America, South Africa, and the Middle East. Featuring essays by sociologists, psychologists, historians, journalists, and specialists in film and cultural studies, the collection approaches the representation of torture in film and television from multiple angles and disciplines, connecting its aesthetics and practices to the dynamic of state terror and political domination.

Madonna and Me

Women Writers on the Queen of Pop
Author: Laura Barcella
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
ISBN: 1593764758
Category: Social Science
Page: 272
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For nearly 30 years, Madonna has been at the center of the media spotlight. She has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, launched her own record label, headlined an Oscar-award-winning film, authored bestselling books for both adults and children, inspired global street-fashion trends, and instigated international debates over a range of feminist issues from sexual fetish to adoption ethics. Masterfully harnessing her talent and power to navigate her ascent to stardom, she has become the very definition of iconic. She has also been a constant companion. In Madonna and Me, more than forty women write about Madonna’s influence on their lives. No subject goes unexplored—from sex and money to fashion and identity, the stories are just as brazen, bold, and balls-to-the-wall as Madonna. They explore the evolution of her chameleonlike personas—material girl and “boy-toy” tartlet, kooky Kabbalist and savvy businesswoman, siren and mother—and her impact on culture as a groundbreaking feminist. Of course, not all women worship at her altar, and likewise the essays in Madonna and Me are brutally honest, funny, engaging, and real. They delve into the hearts, souls, memories, and moments of contemporary women, celebrating the ways in which Madonna has inspired us and challenged us, pushing us to be bolder, edgier, braver versions of ourselves.

Visions Of Life

Author: Charles Anthony Ryan Griffith
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781463404178
Category: Poetry
Page: 112
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This book is dedicated to all the wonderful people who've touched my life in so many ways words can't describe the amazing feeling within me...I'm truly grateful for all the life lessons I've learned throughout the years. Without the presence of a higher power none of this would be possible. To my parents who've raised me separately at different stages in my life, you both did an incredible job and this book is an appreciation to you. With all my heart I thank you. To 2 strangers ( Julie Bohannon & Cheyanne Ramos ) who made my dreams a reality and in the process became friends who I will always be indebted to. Julie gave my voice substance and Cheyanne brought my perception alive. To my brother, friend, mentor, inspiration Glen, I love you for leading me to become the man that I am. To my immediate family, Mani...Amazing says it all for you are truly that. To Wilson, Zaryan, Zakara and Zakiah, you will forever continue to be my light...To the entire Island of Barbados...I came from paradise so it's fitting to say I've seen the mountain top...To the entire Alleyne School Alumni...We were all destined to be great...To my entire SWA Family...Thanks for believing in me an affording me an opportunity of a lifetime. To the rest of the world without unity all existence will cease. To Fabian, Charmaine, Vesta, Lily, The Grazette Family, The Cumberbatch Family, The Griffith Family, The Young Family, The Carrington Family, The Toussaint Family, The Sengpraseuth Family, The Morgan Family and any other family that embraced and welcomed me with open arms...Thank you all. In Memory of Ronald Concorde Thorne.


An Epic History of the Tower of London
Author: Nigel Jones
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250018145
Category: History
Page: 464
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A dazzling history of the Tower of London, one of the world's busiest tourist attractions, and the people who populated it Castle, royal palace, prison, torture chamber, execution site, zoo, mint, home to the crown jewels, armory, record office, observatory, and the most visited tourist attraction in the UK: The Tower of London has been all these things and more. No building in Britain has been more intimately involved in the island's story than this mighty, brooding stronghold in the very heart of the capital, a place which has stood at the epicenter of dramatic, bloody and frequently cruel events for almost a thousand years. Now historian Nigel Jones sets this dramatic story firmly in the context of national—and international—events. In a gripping account drawn from primary sources and lavishly illustrated with sixteen pages of stunning photographs, he captures the Tower in its many changing moods and its many diverse functions. Here, for the first time, is a thematic portrayal of the Tower of london not just as an ancient structure, but as a living symbol of the nation of Great Britain.