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Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture, John Conroy (2000)

A book of great import, discernment, and integrity. Conroy chronicles three torture cases–British against Irish, Israeli against Palestinian, Chicago police against suspects–and intersperses those chapters with more general ones on the history, methods, psychology, and effects of torture. These last were the chapters I found most useful. Conroy’s research is solid and diverse, and his own insights are unfailingly judicious. Excellent book.

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