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

Auteur : Scott Christianson
Éditeur: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2010.
Édition/format:   Livre électronique : Document : Publication gouvernementale provinciale ou d’état : AnglaisVoir toutes les éditions et tous les 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  Lire la suite...
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Genre/forme: Electronic books
History
Format – détails additionnels: Print version:
Christianson, Scott.
Last gasp.
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009052476
(OCoLC)449860842
Type d’ouvrage: Document, Publication gouvernementale, Publication gouvernementale provinciale ou d’état, Ressource Internet
Type de document: Ressource Internet, Fichier d'ordinateur
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs: Scott Christianson
ISBN: 9780520945616 0520945611 128269765X 9781282697652
Numéro OCLC: 655848189
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 325 pages) : illustrations
Contenu: 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.
Responsabilité: 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.  Lire la suite...

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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 Lire la suite...

 
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