This is the most comprehensive, and most comprehensively chilling, study of modern torture yet written. Darius Rejali, one of the world's leading experts on torture, takes the reader from the late nineteenth century to the aftermath of Abu Ghraib, from slavery and the electric chair to electrotorture in American inner cities, and from French and British colonial prison cells and the Spanish-American War to the fields of Vietnam, the wars of the Middle East, and the new democracies of Latin America and Europe.
As Rejali traces the development and application of one torture technique after another in these settings, he reaches startling conclusions…
Torture and Democracy immediately lays claim to be the most compendious and the most rigorous treatment of the subject yet written...On torture, this is it...Torture and Democracy is the anatomy of sneaky. Rejali's analysis of efficacy is exemplary: at once prudent and trenchant, historically alert and morally sentient.