Book Review: The Art of Executing Well
The Art of Executing Well by Nicholas Terpstra is a book that delves deep into the history of execution and how it has evolved over time. This book explores the different methods of execution, from burning at the stake to lethal injection, and provides a fascinating account of how people have been executed throughout history.
One of the things that really resonated with me about this book was its attention to detail. Terpstra leaves no stone unturned when it comes to exploring the history of execution. He covers everything from the role of public executions in shaping society to the psychological impact that different methods of execution can have on both those being executed and those doing the executing.
Another aspect of this book that I appreciated was its critical reflection on how we as a society should proceed with execution today. Terpstra raises important questions around whether execution should even be allowed, given our increasing awareness around human rights and justice.
Overall, I found The Art of Executing Well to be an engaging read that left me thinking deeply about a topic I had previously known very little about. While some readers may find certain parts of the book graphic or unsettling, for me it was a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come as a society in terms of our understanding and treatment of criminals. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about history, criminology or justice systems – even if you’re not an expert in any particular area, there’s plenty here for everyone! Score: 4/5 stars.
The Art of Executing Well
publishedDate : 2008
authors : Nicholas Terpstra
publishers : Truman State University Press
pageCount : 354
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Author by : Nicholas Terpstra
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2008-09-24
Publisher by : Penn State Press
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Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2021-07-17
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Author by : Larry Bossidy
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2009-11-10
Publisher by : Crown Currency
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Release Date : 2015-09-14
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Author by : Chris McChesney
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2016-04-12
Publisher by : Simon and Schuster
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Author by : John Walton
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2016-03-30
Publisher by : AuthorHouse
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Author by : Danya Kukafka
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2022-01-25
Publisher by : HarperCollins
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