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Infernal Device: Machinery of Torture and execution [Hardcover]

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Erik Ruhling assembles an unmatched array of torture tools invented exclusively for the infliction of pain and the ending of life, each carefully researched with an accompanying full-color, highly detailed rendering. This beautifully presented book features classics like the Iron Maiden and the Guillotine, as well as more rarified connoisseur's fare such as the Scavenger's Daughter and the Ear Chopper. And if the Tongue Tearer is not to your taste, there's always the Breast Ripper or the Drunkard's Cloak.

Erik Ruhling is a graphic designer and the curator of He holds degrees in anthropology and English and lives in Atlanta, Georgia, in a house without a dungeon (unfortunately).

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2007
Publisher   The Disinformation Company
ISBN  1932857893  
ISBN13  9781932857894  

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nothing original  May 15, 2008
It's pretty clear that the author read Richard Sair's extremely rare work--usually catalogued under editor Arnold Hirsch (as Sair's name doesn't appear in the text)--as Ruhling has faithfully preserved much of Sair's misinformation and, in many cases, generous collops of text. Ruhling also injected some errors of his own--e.g., indicating that the instep borer is "another name" for the foot press when the two are quite unrelated--probably assuming that nobody will find the 1944 source by which to catch his glossings-over. The illustrations derive from the catalogue accompanying the Nurnberg assemblage that toured the U.S. in the 1890s, if I'm not mistaken.
What a wicked little book  Feb 3, 2008
Rühling taught himself 3-D rendering in order to create his lovely (and gruesome) little book. This petite yet substantial volume (40 full-color photo pages) deserves some kind of design award. He renders his gallery of torture tools in a stark museum-exhibit style while his text, an impressive feat of condensed scholarship, vividly evokes images of the poor souls who were subjected to their horrors. It's a jarring and effective contrast of the mechanistic and humanistic.
Great Book!!  Jan 10, 2008
This is a pretty cool book. Actually much better than the description. It has nugget-size information and pictures of various machines.
A much needed and very timely contribution to this national discussion   Jan 4, 2008
America's involvement with waterboarding, black prisons abroad, the re-interpretation of the Geneva Conventions, and introduction of 'harsh interrogation' has catapulted the issue of torture to the front of America's national political and policy debate. A much needed and very timely contribution to this national discussion is Erik Ruhling's new book "Infernal Device: Machinery Of Torture And Execution", a profusely illustrated and defined collection of torture devices utilized to extract information and confessions over the past two millennia. From the Iron Maiden, the Guillotine, and the Scavenger's Daughter to the Ear Chopper, the Thumbscrew, and the Ducking Stool, "Infernal Device" reveals the fundamental brutality of torture devices and is strongly recommended to the attention of those who are engaged on either side of the current national debate over the complex issues involved with waterboarding and other means of 'harsh interrogation'.

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