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Like a hacked apart thesis
on 18 September 2013
There is an unevenness to this book that makes me suspect it is a thesis that has been stripped down/ hacked apart to make the word limit.
If it had been merely a conversion to/ description in modern language of a *particular* historical document then ok; if it had investigated the veracity of the stories in the document then great; if it had investigated the philosophy of the tortures then ok. But this seems to be a hodge-podge of varying approaches including the attempt (it seems) to justify its writing by referring to more recent occurrences of the tortures described.
Ok as an introduction to the topic but I would not recommend it.