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Executioner: Pierrepoint

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The autobiography of the man who was Britain's Official Executioner for 25 years until 1956. He taught his trade to hangmen in other countries, and ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Andrew D

A vital book for any reader

by Andrew D on Mar 15, 2013

As other reviewers have put it, this is a vital book for anyone with an opinion on Capital Punishment, written by the man who's job it was to administer the judgements of the courts. What surprised me was how gentle the book is, starting with a prolonged account of a Northern childhood, and the slow realisation of what his Uncle and Father actually do when they go away. Albert's sense of calling (an expression which constantly recurs in the book) to make the last moments on earth of the prsioners as rapid and easy as possible takes some thinking about. Don't expect to be traumatised by this book, but don't be surprised if it keeps popping into your head either.

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Edward M

See the Movie

by Edward M on Aug 5, 2010

I saw the movie first, it was great. That made me look for the book. It was a great look at another period of fairly recent history. The first half of the 20th century. You should see the Movie. It should be available on Netflix. The book is not too available in the US but I was able to get a copy from an importer from the uk. A very good read. Enjoy.

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