The A-Z of Punishment and Torture

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Book Guild, 2008 - History - 223 pages
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"Who are the Maccabees? A modern youth pop phenomenon, or a mother and her seven sons who suffered racking, skinning, burning, amputation and having a tongue pulled out and fried? The A to Z of Punishment and Torture is fascinating social history providing a wealth of weird folklore, such as the power of the hanged man's hand; astounding tales, like Mary Hamilton, the cross-dressing 14-times bigamist; and more recent outrages, such as the use of squassation at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq."--Publisher description.

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Irene Thompson is a journalist, an education writer for the "Daily Mail," an editor of the "Coalport Collector" magazine, and the cofounder and editor of a newspaper for British tourists in South Florida.

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