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Death by a Thousand Cuts Hardcover – Apr 14 2008

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Profound, disturbing, and enlightening Jan. 8 2009
By glamaFez - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the finest examples of scholarship that I've seen.

I can't add much beyond an enthusiastic recommendation to those interested in the history of captial punishment, torture, and their intersection.

The book thoroughly de-sensationalizes the subject matter. The reader will experience horror at descriptions of lingchi and other punishments, and an enhanced awareness of captial punishment within and outside the world's legal systems.

Lingchi was intended to destroy the victm's afterlife, in addition to causing temporary torment and discouraging captial crimes. No holds are barred in presenting past augmentations of this and other punishments for the purpose of sheer cruelty. An emphasis on lingchi as a legal phenomenon is the main focus of the book, but I was left with both a tragic sense of what can happen outside law and a better feeling about progress within law during the past century.