What a Way to Go: The Guillotine, the Pendulum, the Thousand Cuts, the Spanish Donkey, and 66 Other Ways of Putting Someone to Death

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Macmillan, 2007. ápr. 17. - 352 oldal

A gruesomely, hilarious and fascinating pop-history account of methods of execution from around the world and through the ages

In this wickedly humorous book, Geoffrey Abbott describes the effectiveness of instruments of torture and reveals the macabre origins of familiar phrases such as 'gone west' or 'drawn a blank'. Covering everything from the preparation of the victim to the disposal of the body 'What a Way to Go' is everything you ever wanted to know about the ultimate penalty---and a lot you never thought to ask.

It includes such hair-raising categories as:
- Sewn in an Anima's Belly: A living person is sewn into the belly of an animal and left to die&
- The Spanish Donkey: This method of torture consisted of seating a victim on top of a wall that resembled an inverted V with weights attached to the ankles, the weights slowly increased until the victim's body split in two
- Iron Chair: The victim is tied to an iron armchair and pushed nearer and nearer to a blazing fire

What a Way to Go is a a unique and fascinating look at the grim and gritty history of sanctioned death

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Felhasználói ismertető  - Linyarai - LibraryThing

I found this book a bit annoying, he dwelt way too much on the methods we already know a lot about, and too little on the things we aren't as familiar with. I didn't find it necessary to know the history of each executioner, and what they had for breakfast. Teljes értékelés elolvasása

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Felhasználói ismertető  - ConnieJo - LibraryThing

Mostly focuses on European history, particularly English, French, and German history. A lot of the articles are somewhat related (hanging, hanged drawn and quartered, hanging in chains, etc), but ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása

Tartalomjegyzék

Bastinado
23
Buried Alive
49
Burned Internally
67
Dry Pan
84
Firing Squad
104
Flayed Alive
124
Gas Chamber
127
Gunpowder
163
Harakiri
221
Mannaia
238
Rack
251
Shot by Arrows
264
Stoned to Death
269
Thousand Cuts
300
Twentyfour Cuts
322
Select Bibliography
337

Hanged at the Yardarm
176

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A szerzőről (2007)

Geoffrey Abbott served for many years as a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London. Author of nineteen books and contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica, he has made numerous television appearances.

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