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This bloodcurdling account of instruments of torture through the ages includes descriptions of cells too cramped to allow for lying down, skull crushers, the pendulum, the gridiron, and other gruesome devices....

Title : Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers: A History of Torture and Its Instruments
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ISBN : 9780747239840
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 243 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers: A History of Torture and Its Instruments Reviews

  • James Wheat
    2019-05-20 02:11

    Reads like an overly-long tourist pamphlet. Interesting but not much detail, and no narrative structure at all. Certain historical characters are mentioned multiple times in the text but each time they are introduced like it's the first time they've been mentioned, like the book was intended to be used as a reference or lookup guide rather than read from cover-to-cover. A more narrative-oriented version of the book could be great, but as it stands it's still good... in a very macabre sense of course.

  • Al
    2019-06-01 19:43

    I knew that I would enjoy this book so writing a quick review of it now is really no trouble at all.The title says it all, the book is about the history of torture and execution instruments. At first it seemed a little hard to start to enjoy this book, but after a little while it seemed to really grab my attention.There is quite a variety of instruments to read about here, they are also all split into groups making it much easier to find a specific method. Apart from the three forms in the title, you will find many other intriguing ways that people have suffered in the past ages.Everything from decapitations, water torture (both hot & cold), the gauntlets, whipping and even licking goats (I'm serious). This book is in a way an encyclopaedia, so you may skip parts that bore or disturb you too much because many topics are covered. It's a great read for anyone interested in the subject of torture and execution.

  • Miriam
    2019-06-02 23:04

    A good survey of the history and technology of torture. The descriptions were sometimes hard to follow, so more pictures would have been helpful.

  • Jason
    2019-06-03 02:58


  • PJ Carroll
    2019-06-17 23:12

    I can honestly say that this book made my stomach churn. I empathized with the victims and imagined the pain. Then, I wanted to throw up. Great book, great descriptions.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-01 20:51

    Torture is not humorous. Ever.Also, notice how the author entirely omits any torture method relating to the genitals?Hated this book.