What a Way to Go: The Guillotine, the Pendulum, the Thousand Cuts, the Spanish Donkey, and 66 Other Ways of Putting Someone to Death

What a Way to Go: The Guillotine, the Pendulum, the Thousand Cuts, the Spanish Donkey, and 66 Other Ways of Putting Someone to Death

What a Way to Go The Guillotine the Pendulum the Thousand Cuts the Spanish Donkey and Other Ways of Putting Someone to Death A gruesomely hilarious and fascinating pop history account of methods of execution from around the world and through the agesIn this wickedly humorous book Geoffrey Abbott describes the effectivenes

  • Title: 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: Geoffrey Abbott
  • ISBN: 9780312366568
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • A gruesomely, hilarious and fascinating pop history account of methods of execution from around the world and through the agesIn 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 victimA gruesomely, hilarious and fascinating pop history account of methods of execution from around the world and through the agesIn 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.It includes such hair raising categories as Sewn in an Anima s Belly A living person is sewn into the belly of an animal and left to die The Spanish Donkey This method of torture consisted of seating a victim on top of a wall that resembled an inverted V with weights attached to the ankles, the weights slowly increased until the victim s body split in two Iron Chair The victim is tied to an iron armchair and pushed nearer and nearer to a blazing fireWhat a Way to Go is a a unique and fascinating look at the grim and gritty history of sanctioned death

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    While some chapters were a few pages long, the majority of the "ways to go" were maybe just a page in length-some even only a paragraph. The chapters or the short descriptions on the types of death and torture instruments are in alphabetical order-some examples on what to expect is info on death by axe, the iron maiden, scaphismus, twenty-four cuts, and so forth. Was a quick and interesting read-overall, was just wanting more out of it.

    Sometimes I think that not everyone shares my macabre sense of humor, and then I feel slightly bad about laughing out loud while reading books like this in public. In my defense, this book is written in a darkly humorous tone, so it's hard not to laugh.Execution: The Guillotine, the Pendulum, the Thousand Cuts, the Spanish Donkey, and 66 Other Ways of Putting Someone to Death, by Geoffrey Abbott, is broken into 70 small sections, each with a different method of execution. Abbott describes each m [...]

    Overwhelmingly disappointing. For one, Abbot focuses mainly on executions used in Europe, mainly Spain, France, and England. China is mentioned in one entry: Death by a Thousand Cuts with, admittedly, quite a bit of detail. The United States is also mentioned in the more modern methods, gas chamber, lethal injection, etc. But outside a few throw away lines about "tribes in Africa", Abbott has very little on the methods of execution in South America, Asia, Africa, Australia or really anywhere tha [...]

    There were many parts of this book that were fascinating, unfortunately there were also many segments that went on for way too long. For example, they might spend 30-50 pages describing the guillotine and giving examples of when it was used, and then spend only a paragraph on some really interesting form of execution. Part of this is because more is known about forms of death like the guillotine and hanging than some of the more interesting ones, but that just means the book should be shorter. S [...]

    I cannot believe some of the ways in which society has chosen to dispatch its unwanted members. This book is an incredibly well researched, albiet disturbing list of the many methods of torture and execution used all over the globe.So far, it is proving to be an excellent read, but I can really only read portions every once in awhile-it's not really the book that I can imagine tearing through in one sitting

    Eesch. Yes, this book is exactly what you think it is. You know how people can make just about any awesome thing they can think of? Well, they can make any terrible thing too. It was a good and interesting read though, apart from the copious grammatical and other errors (Raleigh, North Virginia, I ask you?)

    66 awful ways people were executed. It is appallingly graphic. The author was a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London and lived with his wife on the grounds. His is a very chatty, informal style and he includes personal opinions and jocular remarks in the work. He does a nice job of estimating how many miscreants were burnt alive, guillotined, etc.

    An encyclopedic look at the various ways that people have been executed throughout history.I've always been a little bit morbid, so this was right up my alley. I enjoyed it for the most part, although it does get a little dry with certain entries, as the first-hand accounts get a little boring at times.

    I am so deranged! I was fascinated by the more obscure means of execution such as being sewn up in a donkey corpse and left in the sun to rot. The human mind apparently has no limit to the creativity of killing one and other.

    Fun, little read that runs the gamut and really covers alot of truly horrible ways to die as well as some high points(?) during the type of execution. This book provides a wealth of information, background and brings love some of the people that either lived or died by the methods covered

    I found this book a bit annoying, he dwelt way too much on the methods we already know a lot about, and too little on the things we aren't as familiar with. I didn't find it necessary to know the history of each executioner, and what they had for breakfast.

    For anyone who's ever been fascinated with or mildly amused by the various and real historical methods by which people met their ends. The chapters are short. It's a dip-able book. Much easier to digest than that horrible "1000 Ways To Die" television program!

    Overly dry at times, overly repetitive at others, and sometimes he forgets to explain things I'd really love him to explain, but still interesting reading.

    Not as interesting as I had hoped. Too much detail on the things we've heard about, and not enough on the lesser-known ones.

    Super entertaining and quite informative! "Essential reading for all gore junkies" pretty much says it all.

    It was really interesting. I love reading/learning about different historical eras. It was interesting to finally understand the punishments I have so often read about.

    A truly enlightening book on how we've managed to kill off undesirables in our societies. In a macabre way, an enjoyable book.

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