Charles Duff Handbook on Hanging

ISBN 13: 9780854099603

Handbook on Hanging

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"A Handbook on Hanging" is Charles Duff's tribute to that most despised public servant, the executioner, and to his 'art'. In his treatise on judicial killing, whether it is by electrocution, hanging or gassing, Duff writes with deceptive levity about botched executions, the bloodlust of witnesses, innocent victims and a legal system that demands retribution. The result is a stunning satire of capital punishment, a polemic that reveals the hypocrisy and self-delusion inherent in a society that demands 'an eye for an eye' yet strives to make state-sponsored killing humane.

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Charles Duff (1894-1966) was a brilliant linguist and worked for the British Foreign Service. He translated, amongst others, the work of Zola and Gorky.

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This is a chronicle of hanging and other forms of capital punishment throughout history. It is also a tongue-in-cheek commentary on humankind's fervor for public executions and other grisly forms of entertainment. Though published in 1923, this is not out of place in today's society.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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