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The last gasp : the rise and fall of the American gas chamber

Author: Scott Christianson
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Last Gasp takes us to the dark side of human history in the first full chronicle of the gas chamber in the United States. In page-turning detail, award-winning writer Scott Christianson tells a dreadful story that is full of surprising and provocative new findings. First constructed in Nevada in 1924, the gas chamber, a method of killing sealed off and removed from the sight and hearing of witnesses, was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Christianson
ISBN: 9780520255623 0520255623
OCLC Number: 449860842
Description: xiv, 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Envisioning the lethal chamber --
Fashioning a frightful weapon of war --
Devising "constructive peacetime uses" --
Staging the world's first gas execution --
"Like watering flowers" --
Pillar of respectability --
The rising storm --
Adapted for genocide --
Clouds of abolition --
The battle over capital punishment --
"Cruel and unusual punishment"? --
The last gasp --
Appendix 1. Earl C. Liston's patent application --
Appendix 2. Persons executed by lethal gas in the United States, by state, 1924-1999.
Responsibility: Scott Christianson.

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First constructed in Nevada in 1924, the gas chamber, a method of killing sealed off and removed from the sight and hearing of witnesses, was originally touted as a 'humane' method of execution.  Read more...

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"Christianson makes a chilling argument for its [the gas chamber's]-and the death penalty's-abolition." STARRED REVIEW Publishers Weekly "An excellent history." -- Brian Bethune Maclean's Read more...

 
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