Monday, August 11, 2014

A Handbook on Hanging

Title: A Handbook on Hanging
Author: Charles Duff
Call Number: HV 8694 .D8 1955
Location: 2nd Floor Social Sciences
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: If you enjoyed the Juvenilian satire “A Modest Proposal,” then Duff’s handbook is for you. There is no way to take his strident invective as anything but a call for social change focused on the abolishment of execution. Consider this quote: “Is there a man or woman amongst us who can honestly say that he or she does know at least one person who ought to be hanged? As we look around our own circle of acquaintances and our public life, . . . does not the purely ethical case for capital punishment seem overwhelming?” Duff is scornful, Duff is sarcastic, Duff is outraged, and Duff is just plain wonderful. A Handbook on Hanging earns a coveted five nooses.

Submitted By: Lugene Rosen
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

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