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EXECUTIONERS (True Crime) [Kindle Edition]

Phil Clarke , Liz Hardy , Anne Williams
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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About the Author

'Phil Robin Clarke has worked in the film business on Star Wars and Harry Potter, written screenplays and runs a script consultancy. Liz Hardy lives in Sussex.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 907 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Canary Press; 003 edition (2 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LZ574Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Following eight years working with the cream of cinema on such films as Sleepy Hollow, Enigma and including the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises, Phil began writing for the screen garnering immediate interest from the likes of Chris Columbus and Michael Apted. He then widened his scope writing for corporate and, more recently, nonfiction books published worldwide on a diverse mix of subjects ranging from scientific experiments and the history of execution to hostage negotiations and even maritime humour. He is currently working on his first historical fiction novel, researching and writing a time travel spy adventure for either publication or screen and a football thriller script as well as outlining several factual book proposals for future release.

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
By Eckybun
If you watched the recent documentary series on The Crime and Investigation Network about executioners in the UK, France and the USA, then this book is the logical progression if you want to learn more. The book starts at the earliest forms of execution such as crucifixion and stoning and comes right up to date with Lethal Injection. We learn that stoning was truly a death in the name of the people as the public would carry out the sentence. We learn about how reviled early British hangmen were and how there was an occasion where one executioner was pardoned from his own death sentence in order that he may use his skills to dispatch other condemned inmates. The children of French executioners generally married into the families of other French executioners and the Philippines was the only nation other than the USA to ever use the elctric chair as a means of executing there criminals. All these facts and hundreds more are contained within this fascinating book which looks at methods of execution and the people who carried out the sentences. Great value book and highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject matter 22 Dec 2010
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This is a book on execution which focuses predominantly on those people throughout history who have been called to exact the ultimate penalty for their country/state. The book is divided into eleven parts focusing on: early forms of execution, the Spanish Inquisition, witch hunters, impalement, Newgate prison, Tyburn, the guillotine, hanging, drawing and quartering, the electric chair, the gas chamber (in the USA) and the lethal injection.

The respective chapters tend to describe the history of the method, notable executioners and victims, a couple of cases involving unique incidents or serious cock-ups before usually concluding with a description of the method's eventual decline and last known uses. The book is very loosely chronological in order and is divided into two unseen halves each reflecting varying philosophies on capital punishment. The first half of the book describes those methods which were designed to inflict maximum pain, humiliation and fear and were strongly connected with religious suppression/punishment/belief; whereas the second half of the book reflects social change and the desire to implement more humane methods of capital punishment.

Whatever your personal opinion on the subject matter may be; this is a fascinating and truly compelling history book for all criminological enthusiasts. I found that the book was slightly pro-abolitionist in nature and slightly judgemental at times, but not to an extent where it loses all neutrality. I began the book under the impression that it was designed to be more of a factual and historical account as opposed to an ethical `question-raiser', but am unsure after finishing it just what exactly the collective authors intended it to be.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating! 23 Oct 2009
By Squizz
This book is packed with wide ranging information eg the witch hunts and the inquisitions which I had heard of but didn't really understand what they were about. I feel like I understand about another piece of history that I can put together with what I already know. It brings us right up to the 21st century.
It is informative and readable. I found it fascinating though my husband didn't appreciate me sharing my new found knowledge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed 4 Mar 2013
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I think the author could have added more on executions which currently take place around the world today. A lot of the book is based on history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some dull , some interesting 30 Dec 2012
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An ok read,easy to dip in/out of. Not always the most interesting read and much is covered elsewhere - and better
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 27 April 2012
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I found this book really interesting. It encompasses all of the different execution techniques throughout the ages and some of the earlier stuff is quite gruesome. For the price of 99p I found it a really good buy. It is factual and I did enjoy reading about this subject although it is not my normal read. Some of the methods used in the earlier years I had not even realised and the number of people executed by these methods came as a shock to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hanging about 15 April 2012
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The book is good, easy to read and follow but it dwelt on one or two subjects a little too long; e.g. The Spanish Reformation. Otherwise, eye opening and interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, interesting read :) 12 Mar 2012
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This is an interesting read, I have read better books but did enjoy this some-what..its different in the sense that who really knows an awful lot about executions or executioners? You get to know about the different methods of execution and how they have changed throughout the years..the people who were employed to do the job of killing the condemned & how it affected them over time..the book is quite gruesome at times, also harrowing. Overall enjoyable, interesting & historical..give it a go! :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read, very informative
Published 14 days ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars first class
very interesting book very good reading
Published 18 days ago by coli james campbell
2.0 out of 5 stars Its ok but it has to many long winded chapters ...
Its ok but it has to many long winded chapters on periods in history , not enough content on its intended subject matter
Published 1 month ago by Top yipper
4.0 out of 5 stars Executioners
Quite engrossing in parts. Some poor examples of proof reading a bit distracting however. No mention of John Ellis's tenure in post and he executed some very notorious people... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sunim
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Published 4 months ago by Alan Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars good to read
This book is a very good read and easy to understand would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this subject
Published 7 months ago by Gemma
3.0 out of 5 stars executioners (true crime)
well written for any person interested in the history of execution. It is not a gruesome book, but a true history of execution methods,
I appreciate that the book is not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by michael
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow read
Skips over some parts of the details of executions with to much of the detail of date and not of the way thy whrer carred out
Published 9 months ago by andrew strong
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all that good
Quite boring to read to be honest , too much about Spanish inquisition not enough about current methods bored me
Published 9 months ago by russell armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars A real steal at 99p
One of the best books I've ever downloaded and read.
This is a wonderful, insightful and very comprehensive book on the many different methods of execution throughout history... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Karen Smith
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