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  • Title: Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture
  • Author: John Conroy
  • ISBN: 9780679419181
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. A journalistic type account of three instances of torture, two of them carried out by, if not the ordinary people of the title, at least people who generally don t cause severe mental or physical pain to punish or get information by someone in their control, which is a shortened version of the definition of torture under the United Nations Torture Convention Those two take place on the West Bank during the intifada and carried out by members of the IDF and on the south side of Chicago by Chicago [...]


  2. pg 25 A fourth pattern of torture is observable here it arouses little protest as long as the definition of the torturable class is confined to the lower orders the closer it gets to one s own door, the objectionable it becomes pg 34 Sleep deprivation falls into a category of torturers, seemingly commonly used now than in the past, that are favored because they leave no marks on the victim Depriving prisoners of sleep or food, forcing them to stand for long periods of time, confining them in p [...]



  3. 1 We don t torture and shame on you for saying it 2 Ok, maybe we re a little rough, but it s not torture and it is for their own good 3 It s their own fault they re here 4 What we ve done has provided invaluable information saving thousands of lives No, we can t reveal any of that, of course State security and all that 5 And you who protest, maybe you should be next, since you are obviously vile enemies of the state 6 Any, it s all in the past and no use bringing all those hard feelings up Ahead [...]


  4. I read this book with a Chicago bias and think I would have enjoyed it if that s not how I came into it I really enjoyed the Chicago chapters, but found myself usually wanting to just get through the rest Perhaps I should have found a Chicago specific book Nonetheless, the writing is good, and the stories are interesting.The book bounces back and forth from chapter to chapter between discussing torture of person in Belfast, Israel, and Chicago Conroy met with both torturers and victims, so he [...]


  5. I read this for a college class that examined the history, policy context and ethical connotations of torture We read about 7 books and a myriad of articles, but this one by far made the biggest impression I can honestly say that I would ve read this book even if it hadn t been assigned I gave it to my mom and she too is loving it It is very well written his profession shines through in the text, as unlike many of the other readers he makes it engaging, current, and achieves a great balance betw [...]


  6. This book looks at torture both in U.S and internationally by tracking three cases the torture of 14 Irish men by the U.K in Northern Ireland in 1971, the torture by beating of Palestinians near Nablus in 1988 by Israel, and the torture of criminal suspects in the 1970s and 1980s by the Chicago P.D These become the entryways into how torture arises and is, generally, unchallenged in society We have only to look at the U.S since 9 11 The author looks into how ordinary people, who are not monsters [...]


  7. Tremendous Pulls no punches in laying blame, but that blame, responsibility is vastly complex and muddy that I could have imagined.Speaks to how anyone can be complicit in acts of torture, but also shows how these same aspects of the human psyche can mean almost anyone can be complicity in other terrible acts, such as genocide Even tries to get at what kind of person might be less likely to participate in torture or genocide, though I would have liked a deeper exploration of that.A disturbing r [...]


  8. It seems wrong to say Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People is a good book it is an amazing piece of journalism John Conroy focuses on torture in the countries, Northern Ireland, Israel and the Chicago Police abuse scandal in the United States Without passing judgement he looks at how countries define torture or refuse to define behavior as torture and in some cases he is able to interview the torturers He doesn t allow the reader to feel that torture is something done by other people in other place [...]


  9. Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People is a riveting book that exposes the potential in each of us for acting unspeakably John Conroy sits down with torturers from several nations and comes to understand their motivations His compelling narrative has the tension of a novel He takes us into a Chicago police station, two villages in the West Bank, and a secret British interrogation center in Northern Ireland, and in the process we are exposed to the experience of the victim, the rationalizations of the [...]


  10. A gripping read I started it 5 days ago It s a really intense look at 3 case studies of torture from within developed countries Britain, Israel, and the United States The author is a great writer and within the first couple pages of the book I was hooked His analysis is interesting as are the case studies He does a good job of portraying both the complexity of the issue and the simplicity He talks to both victims and torturers and looks at a wide variety of sources to tell his story about these [...]


  11. Perhaps this speaks to my inability to sustain attention for long periods of time, but I would ve preferred slightly less depth on the three cases of torture, and cases touched on My favourite chapters, though, were the general ones, hearing from torturers, hearing from victims But these are just personal preferences, and definitely not criticisms on the book, which was an incredible, and alarming, piece of journalism.


  12. I had to read a few chapters for a class and found that I ended up reading the entire book the title really speaks for itself I found it very interesting to read about ordinary people placed in stressful situations and how they took on specific roles Just as a heads up it is a little graphic when describing the methods of torture.


  13. reading this book, i realized there should be a separate rating for enjoyment i liked the book i did not enjoy it this is a timely and important subject, and the unspeakable acts are just that the book left me overwhelmed by the human capacity for cruelty.


  14. For all those people who think they could never be unspeakably cruel to another this is an eye opening look at how is it is torture It has become especially important in light of the current political climate.




  15. A little lengthy in parts but overall a well rounded picture of the double victimization of the tortured once by their perpetrators and again by shortcomings of governmental systems


  16. Makes you appreciate the dumb luck you were born into these stories of ordinary people being tortured and torturing others is incredible.






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