Acknowledgments

Thanks must go first of all to those who helped me take care of myself Let me thank, then, all the surfers who rode the storm with me at Short Sands (Oregon), Santa Cruz (California), Tauroa Point (New Zealand), and Byron Bay (Australia). Nietzsche once imagined Epicurus staring out onto a brightly lit sea and remarked that only a man who has experienced suffering deeply could imagine a philosophy of pleasure. Perhaps in life there is no light without darkness. Certainly, in writing this book, the beautiful stood out all the more vividly—a harp seal by my board, a sun behind a cloud, the wind bending the great northwestern fir trees by the sea, and above all, a graceful surfer.

Dr. Jeff Parent watched over my fitful sleep, Drs. Michael Booker and James Imatani over my ruptured appendix, and acupuncturist Peggy Rollo over my carpal tunnel. Shamus Roller, Ryan Offutt, Chad Lindner, Cameron Johnson, Marc Visnick, Jay Dickson, Sam Gustin, Josh Phillips, and Marshall Miller played their invaluable part in making sure I didn't forget myself. At many campfires, listeners indulged my accordion, which—perhaps unbeknownst to them—served to heal the sadness as well as express the joy I felt writing this book. Spatial Delivery and the citizens of Black Rock City, Nevada, started this book by enabling me to create, mount, install, and burn the proper sacrifice. The fellas from Burning Boy I and II freed me to burn myself during the middle of it, and the folks from RDO in Aspen helped me celebrate the end of it. You know who you are, and you know what I mean.

My parents David and Sallie, who wish, as I sometimes do, that I worked on more pleasant topics, were always there. Always. Along the way, two Portland writers —Elinor Langer and Martha Gies—who walk occasionally in the shad-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Torture and Democracy xxv
  • Introduction 1
  • I - Torture and Democracy 33
  • 1: Modern Torture and Its Observers 35
  • 2: Torture and Democracy 45
  • II - Remembering Stalinism and Nazism 65
  • 3: Lights, Heat, and Sweat 69
  • 4: Whips and Water 91
  • 5: Bathtubs 108
  • III - A History of Electric Stealth 121
  • 6: Shock 123
  • 7: Magnetos 144
  • 8: Currents 167
  • 9: Singing the World Electric 190
  • 10: Prods, Tasers, and Stun Guns 225
  • 11: Stun City 239
  • IV - Other Stealth Traditions 259
  • 12: Sticks and Bones 269
  • 13: Water, Sleep, and Spice 279
  • 14: Stress and Duress 294
  • 15: Forced Standing and Other Positions 316
  • 16: Fists and Exercises 334
  • 17: Old and New Restraints 347
  • 18: Noise 360
  • 19: Drugs and Doctors 385
  • V - Politics and Memory 403
  • 20: Supply and Demand for Clean Torture 405
  • 21: Does Torture Work? 446
  • 22: What the Apologists Say 480
  • 23: Why Governments Don't Learn 519
  • 24: The Great Age of Torture in Modern Memory 537
  • A - A List of Clean Tortures 553
  • B - Issues of Method 557
  • C - Organization and Explanations 566
  • D - A Note on Sources for American Torture During the Vietnam War 581
  • Notes 593
  • Selected Bibliography 781
  • Index 819
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