To describe a work on torture as a pleasure to read risks an accusation of perversity. Yet W. Fitzhugh Brundage has crafted a book at once accessible to the nonacademic reader and satisfying to the scholar of American history and culture. The title economically expresses the central argument: Americans have repeatedly managed to square claims of exceptional civility with the practice of torture. Brundage could have simply stamped this move as hypocrisy; instead, he reassembles and reviews the...[Show more]
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