Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture
Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People is a riveting book that exposes the potential in each of us for acting unspeakably. John Conroy sits down with torturers from several nations and comes to understand their motivations. His compelling narrative has the tension of a novel. He takes us into a Chicago police station, two villages in the West Bank, and a secret British interrogation center in Northern Ireland, and in the process we are exposed to the experience of the victim, the rationalizations of the torturer, and the seeming indifference of the bystander. The torture occurs in democracies that ostensibly value justice, due process, and human rights, and yet the perpetrators and their superiors escape without punishment, revealing much about the dynamics of torture.
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It seems wrong to say Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People is a "good book" - it is an amazing piece of journalism. John Conroy focuses on torture in the countries, Northern Ireland, Israel and the Chicago Police abuse scandal in the United States. Without passing judgement he looks at how countries define torture (or refuse to define behavior as torture)and in some cases he is able to interview the torturers. He doesn't allow the reader to feel that torture is something done by other people in other places, but rather actions that can be done by ordinary educated people in a variety of countries. It really should be standard reading for anyone looking at the political, ethical and moral implication of torture.
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