What a way to go : the guillotine, the pendulum, the thousand cuts, the Spanish donkey, and 66 other ways of putting someone to death (Book, 2007) [WorldCat.org]
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What a way to go : the guillotine, the pendulum, the thousand cuts, the Spanish donkey, and 66 other ways of putting someone to death

Author: G Abbott
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Griffin, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st St. Martin's Griffin edView all editions and formats
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"In this wickedly humorous book, Geoffrey Abbott describes the effectiveness of instruments of torture and reveals the macabre origins of familiar phrases such as 'gone west' or 'drawn a blank'. Covering everything from the preparation of the victim to the disposal of the body 'What a Way to Go' is everything you ever wanted to know about the ultimate penalty--and a lot you never thought to ask."--Publisher's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G Abbott
ISBN: 9780312366568 0312366566
OCLC Number: 157011693
Notes: "First published in the United States under the title: Execution, by St. Martin's Press."--Title page verso.
"First published in Great Britain under the title: The book of execution, by Headline Book Publishing."--Title page verso.
Description: ix, 338 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Contents: Axe --
Bastinado --
Beaten to death --
Boiled alive --
Brazen bull --
Broken on the wheel --
Buried alive --
Buried alive upside-down --
Burned at the stake --
Burned internally --
Cannibalism --
Cauldron --
Cave of roses --
Crucifixion --
Cyphon --
Diele --
Drowning --
Dry pan --
Eaten by animals --
Eaten by crocodiles --
Electric chair --
Firing squad --
Flayed alive --
Fried to death --
Gas chamber --
Gibbet --
Gridiron --
Guillotine --
Gunpowder --
Halifax gibbet --
Hanged alive in chains --
Hanged at the yard-arm --
Hanged, drawn and quartered --
Hanging --
Hara-kiri --
Impaled by stakes --
Iron chair --
Iron maiden --
Keel-hauling --
Lethal injection --
Mannaia --
Mazzatello --
Mill wheel --
Nail through the ear --
Necklacing --
Over a cannon's muzzle --
Pendulum --
Poison --
Pressed to death --
Rack --
Sawn in half --
Scaphismus --
Scottish maiden --
Sewn in an animal's belly --
Shot by arrows --
Spanish donkey --
Starvation --
Stoned to death --
Strangulation --
Suffocation --
Sword --
Thousand cuts --
Throat slitting --
Thrown from a great height --
Tied in a sack with animals --
Torn apart between two trees --
Torn apart by boats --
Torn apart by horses --
Twenty-four cuts --
Miscellaneous --
Jargon of the underworld.
Other Titles: Book of execution
Responsibility: Geoffrey Abbott.

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Describes the effectiveness of instruments of torture and reveals the macabre origins of phrases such as gone west or drawn a blank. From the preparation of the victim to the disposal of the body,  Read more...

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