A Question of Torture CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror

History / Military

A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror (American Empire Project) by Alfred W. McCoy
James C. Giesen and Bryant Simon, “Food and Eating in America: A Documentary Reader”
The Politics of Everyday Life in Fascist Italy: Outside the State? (Italian and Italian American Studies) by Joshua Arthurs
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Twelve: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Abbey Road by Steve Lambley

A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror (American Empire Project) by Alfred W. McCoy

English | January 10, 2006 | ISBN: 0805080414, 0805082484 | EPUB | 320 pages | 1.2 MB

“An indispensable and riveting account” of the CIA’s development and use of torture, from the cold war to Abu Ghraib and beyond (Naomi Klein, The Nation)
In this revelatory account of the CIA’s fifty-year effort to develop new forms of torture, historian Alfred W. McCoy locates the deep roots of recent scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo in a long-standing, covert program of interrogation. A Question of Torture investigates the CIA’s practice of “sensory deprivation” and “self-inflicted pain,” in which techniques including isolation, hooding, hours of standing, and manipulation of time assault the victim’s senses and destroy the basis of personal identity. McCoy traces the spread of these practices across the globe, from Vietnam to Iran to Central America, and argues that after 9/11, psychological torture became the weapon of choice in the CIA’s global prisons, reinforced by “rendition” of detainees to “torture-friendly” countries. Finally, McCoy shows that information extracted by coercion is worthless, making a strong case for the FBI’s legal methods of interrogation.
Scrupulously documented and grippingly told, A Question of Torture is a devastating indictment of inhumane practices that have damaged America’s laws, military, and international standing

James C. Giesen and Bryant Simon, “Food and Eating in America: A Documentary Reader”

English | ISBN: 1118936388, 1118936396 | 2018 | 352 pages | PDF | 4 MB

Guides students through a rich menu of American history through food and eating
This book features a wide and diverse range of primary sources covering the cultivation, preparation, marketing, and consumption of food from the time before Europeans arrived in North America to the present–day United States. It is organized around what the authors label the Four P s production, politics, price, and preference in order to show readers that food represents something more than nutrition and the daily meals that keep us alive. The documents in this book demonstrate that food we eat is a highly condensed social fact that both reflects and is shaped by politics, economics, culture, religion, region, race, class, and gender.
Food and Eating in America covers more than 500 years of American food and eating history with sections on: An Appetizer: What Food and Eating Tell Us About America; Hunting, Harvesting, Starving, and the Occasional Feast: Food in Early America; Fields and Foods in the Nineteenth Century; Feeding a Modern World: Revolutions in Farming, Food, and Famine; and Counterculture Cuisines and Culinary Tourism.
Presents primary sources from a wide variety of perspectives Native Americans, explorers, public officials, generals, soldiers, slaves, slaveholders, clergy, businessmen, workers, immigrants, activists, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, artists, writers, investigative reporters, judges, the owners of food trucks, and prison inmates
Illustrates the importance of eating and food through speeches, letters, diaries, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, illustrations, photographs, song lyrics, advertisements, legislative statutes, court rulings, interviews, manifestoes, government reports, and recipes
Offers a new way of exploring how people lived in the past by looking closely and imaginatively at food
Food and Eating in America: A Documentary Reader is an ideal book for students of United States history, food, and the social sciences. It will also appeal to foodies and those with a curiosity for documentary–style books of all kinds.

The Politics of Everyday Life in Fascist Italy: Outside the State? (Italian and Italian American Studies) by Joshua Arthurs

English | 10 Feb. 2017 | ISBN: 1137594187 | 280 Pages | PDF | 2.63 MB

This book explores the complex ways in which people lived and worked within the confines of Benito Mussolini’s regime in Italy, variously embracing, appropriating, accommodating and avoiding the regime’s incursions into everyday life. The contributions highlight the experiences of ordinary Italians – midwives and schoolchildren, colonists and soldiers – over the course of the Fascist era, in settings ranging from the street to the farm, and from the kitchen to the police station. At the same time, this volume also provides a framework for understanding the Italian experience in relation to other totalitarian dictatorships in twentieth-century Europe and beyond.

Plato and Christopher Rowe, “The Last Days of Socrates”

2010 | pages: 256 | ISBN: 0140455493 | EPUB | 3,0 mb

‘Consider just this, and give your minds to this alone: whether or not what I say is just’
Plato’s account of Socrates’ trial and death (399 BC) is a significant moment in Classical literature and the life of Classical Athens. In these four dialogues, Plato develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one’s self and shows Socrates living and dying under his philosophy. In Euthyphro, Socrates debates goodness outside the courthouse; Apology sees him in court, rebutting all charges of impiety; in Crito, he refuses an entreaty to escape from prison; and in Phaedo, Socrates faces his impending death with calmness and skilful discussion of immortality.
Christopher Rowe’s introduction to his powerful new translation examines the book’s themes of identity and confrontation, and explores how its content is less historical fact than a promotion of Plato’s Socratic philosophy.

And the Band Begins to Play. Part Twelve: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Abbey Road by Steve Lambley

English | December 11th, 2013 | ISBN: 13107683664 | 372 Pages | EPUB | 1.47 MB

And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Twelve examines the LP Abbey Road and associated singles.
Going further than the usual song-by-song, album-by-album guide, it is a record of every moment that the Beatles came together to record, from the first EMI session in 1962 to their acrimonious break-up in 1970. In short, this 12-volume set is the blueprint to every single recording made by the Beatles: 12 albums and 22 singles which make a portfolio of 208 songs that undeniably changed the shape of modern music forever.
From ‘Love Me Do’ to ‘Let It Be’, Steve Lambley provides full analysis of every track not only for its lyrical meaning, its position in the Beatles catalogue and the impact it made on the charts, but also from the point of the science of the songs. Thanks to the author’s astute understanding of just how music works, as well as the recording processes of the day, this book includes a level of a musical analysis rare to career-spanning tomes today.
The book includes a detailed description of the recording process of every track, with a breakdown of the instrumentation and details of overdubs. What’s more, And the Band Begins to Play explains the wealth of production innovations and recording techniques used by the group which continues to inform popular music today.
The story of the group’s music also tells the story of the group itself. The book therefore takes the reader by the hand on a magical tour through the conquering of America, the band’s film, TV and radio appearances, the “bigger than Jesus” storm, the death of Brian Epstein, the Maharishi experience, the rise and fall of the original Apple business, and much more.

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