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In Theatre of Hell: Dr. Lung's Complete Guide to Torture, Dr. Haha Lung and Christopher Prowant expose and reveal the routine and systematic torture carried on by civilized, "friendly" countries. They also catalog over 100 countries where legal "judicial" tortures range from caning to limb amputation and beheading. These are state-sanctioned punishments for such simple offenses as persuading a foreign citizen to change religions or drug smuggling or theft. Tales of torture have always been with us, but always in some nebulous place far from home or removed further still by time and covered by the dust of centuries. The tools used by medieval inquisitors or a depraved dictator in a third world country were simply oddities in rare textbooks or tidbits of information in a news magazine. It was possible to believe torture wasn't something that affected us personally. Now we find that we live in a world where torture continues to be a tool used by nearly every country as a means of extracting information from recalcitrant captives, to induce fear in the populace, or simply for the pleasure of those administering the torture. The world is a smaller place than we thought and what was once considered far off isn't so much anymore. This book acts as a warning to those who might otherwise never suspect how easily torture can impact their lives. U.S. citizens traveling to other lands will find the information contained in this book an excellent guide to what innocent behaviors here might lead to incarceration and torture as punishment for their trespass on cultural taboos elsewhere. Military and government personnel stationed in the world's trouble spots should look at the information in this bookas an opportunity to familiarize themselves with tactics used by unscrupulous leaders in preparation for when they might find themselves faced with "expedient interrogation" as a P.O.W. or a political pawn. Watchdog groups, those who monitor out-of-control security forces around the world will find this book useful in documenting, with the intent to curb, state sanctioned abuses, both foreign and domestic. Covert operatives, whether domestic informants, police undercover agents, or international intelligence operatives will find this book to be a graphic testament to what they might expect if their cover is blown. If you have ever wondered how much torture you could take to protect loved ones, friends or fellow soldiers, this text will give you more to ponder. If you are one of those who feel compelled to seek out those things humans fear most, Theatre of Hell: Dr. Lung's Complete Guide to Torture tell you exactly what you want to know.