In this amazing story of high stakes competition between two titans, Richard Moran shows how the electric chair developed not out of the desire to be more humane but through an effort by one nineteenth-century electric company to discredit the other. In 1882, Thomas Edison ushered in the “age of electricity” when he illuminated Manhattan’s Pearl Street with his direct current (DC) system. Six years later, George Westinghouse lit up Buffalo with his less expensive alternating current (AC). The two men quickly became locked in a fierce rivalry, made all the more complicated by a novel new application for their product: the electric chair. When Edison set out to persuade the state of New York to use Westinghouse’s current to execute condemned criminals, Westinghouse fought back in court, attempting to stop the first electrocution and keep AC from becoming the “executioner’s current.” In this meticulously researched account of the ensuing legal battle and the horribly botched first execution, Moran raises disturbing questions not only about electrocution, but about about our society’s tendency to rely on new technologies to answer moral questions.

Author Richard Moran
Isbn 0307425800
Genre History
Year 2007-12-18
Pages 304
Language English
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"The Executioner's Knife; Or, Joan of Arc" by Eugène Sue (translated by Daniel De Leon). Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Author Eugène Sue
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Genre Fiction
Year 2019-12-06
Pages 305
Language English
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On September 6, 1901, President William McKinley held a public reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. In the receiving line, holding a gun concealed by a handkerchief, was Leon Czolgosz, a young man with anarchist leanings. When he reached McKinley, Czolgosz fired two shots, one of which would prove fatal. The backdrop of the assassination was among the largest of many world’s fairs held in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Exposition celebrated American progress, highlighting the new technology electricity. Over 100,000 light bulbs outlined the Exposition’s building—on display inside were the latest inventions utilizing the new power source. This new treatment of the McKinley assassination is the first to focus on the compelling story of the Exposition: its labor and construction challenges; the garish Midway; the fight for inclusion of an accurate African-American display to offset racist elements of the Midway; and the impressive exhibit halls.

Author Roger Pickenpaugh
Isbn 1476625913
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2016-07-21
Pages 300
Language English
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Vers 1650, dans la petite ville bavaroise de Schongau, plusieurs enfants disparaissent et un jeune garçon est retrouvé mort, portant des signes sataniques. L’hystérie s’empare alors de la ville. Accusée, la sage-femme est livrée au bourreau, lequel est persuadé de son innocence. Magdalena, la fille du bourreau, et son ami, un jeune médecin, partent à la recherche de l’assassin.

Author Oliver Pötzsch
Isbn 2330035292
Genre Fiction
Year 2014-06-04T00:00:00+02:00
Pages 423
Language English
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In the early 1880s, only a few wealthy city dwellers enjoyed electric lighting in their homes. Everyone else had to make due with dirtier and more dangerous lighting technology, such as kerosene lanterns and gas lamps. Eager companies wanted to be among the first to supply electric power to more Americans. The early providers would set the standards—and they would reap great profits. Inventor Thomas Edison already had a leading role in the industry: he had invented the first reliable electrical light bulb. By 1882, his Edison Electric Light Company was distributing electricity using a system called direct current, or DC. But an inventor named Nikola Tesla challenged Edison. Tesla believed that an alternating current—or AC—system would be better. With an AC system, one power station could deliver electricity across many miles, compared to only about one mile for DC. Each inventor had his backers. Business tycoon George Westinghouse put his money behind Tesla and built AC power stations. Meanwhile, Edison and his DC backers said that AC was dangerous. They said that AC could easily electrocute people, so it should power the newly invented electric chair. Edison believed this negative association would sway public opinion toward DC power. The battle over which system would become standard became known as the War of the Currents. This exciting book tells the story of that war, the people who fought it, and the ways in which both kinds of electric power changed the world.

Author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
Isbn 1467701408
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2012-11-01
Pages 64
Language English
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New and cutting-edge work in animality studies, human-animal studies, and posthumanismRepresentations of animality continue to proliferate in various kinds of literary and cultural texts. This pioneering volume explores the critical interface between animal and animality studies, marking out the terrain in relation to twentieth-century literature and film. The range of texts considered here is intentionally broad, answering questions like, how do contemporary writers such as Amitav Ghosh, Terry Tempest Williams, and Indra Sinha help us to think about not only animals but also humans as animals? What kinds of creatures are being constructed by contemporary artists such as Patricia Piccinini, Alexis Rockman, and Michael Pestel? How do aanimalities animate such diverse texts as the poetry of two women publishing under the name of aMichael Field, or an early film by Thomas Edison depicting the electrocution of a circus elephant named Topsy? Connecting these issues to fields as diverse as environmental studies and ecocriticism, queer theory, gender studies, feminist theory, illness and disability studies, postcolonial theory, and biopolitics, the volume also raises further questions about disciplinarity itself, while hoping to inspire further work abeyond the human in future interdisciplinary scholarship.Key Features10 provocative case studies focused on representations and discourses of animals and animality in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, art, and film in EnglishNew work from both internationally renowned and emerging figures in the burgeoning fields of animality studies, human-animal studies, and posthumanism, suggesting innovative and significant new directions to exploreBroad introduction to the kinds of questions scholars in the humanities have considered in relation to animals and animality

Author Michael Lundblad
Isbn 1474400035
Genre Social Science
Year 2017-05-24
Pages 256
Language English
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Strange things comin’ and goin’ on that hill . . . The guillotine challenges the axe-wielding executioner’s craft. This exploration of capital punishment set in a small Dutch town in 1799 sears with the immediacy of today’s current debate. A play in three acts, Executioner’s Hill explores the dynamics of the death penalty, and challenges attitudes from both sides of the issue.

Author Stephen J. Vicchio
Isbn 1532698356
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-11-07
Pages 110
Language English
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Une guerre sans fin. Un tort ancien. Une nouvelle révélation. Nouvellement promu à la tête de la division historique d'Abstergo, Simon Hathaway est le modèle même du scientifique réservé et impassible. Mais il cache également une curiosité insatiable et rêve de découvrir l'Histoire à travers les yeux de son ancêtre Gabriel Laxart, compagnon de bataille de la légendaire Jeanne d'Arc. Sa plongée dans l'Animus va l'obliger à affronter une réalité inattendue : un conflit entre Assassins et Templiers à la violence inouïe et aux origines plus complexes qu'il n'y paraît, et un aïeul prêt à commettre toutes les folies pour la femme qu'il aime. Alors que la vérité se dévoile peu à peu, une question s'impose : Qui est l'hérétique... et qui est le véritable croyant ?

Author Christie Golden
Isbn 2820528562
Genre Fiction
Year 2017-02-15
Pages 356
Language English
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Une approche historique, sociologique, technique et humaine de la vie des bourreaux. Depuis l'instauration de la charge au Moyen Age, le bourreau est un personnage à la fois craint et méprisé, mais indispensable dans une société où la peine de mort constitue durant des siècles la clef de voute de toute justice. Comment est-il choisi ? Comment vit-il ? Pourquoi et dans quelle mesure sa femme et ses enfants participent à l'exécution des condamnés ? Pourquoi l'Eglise ferme-t-elle les yeux sur les mariages incestueux des bourreaux ? Pourquoi y a-t-il des dynasties de bourreaux, les Jouanne, Desmoret, Sanson ou Deibler ? Comment le public lui-même participe-t-il à la, mise à mort des condamnés ? Autant de questions qui trouvent ici des réponses claires et illustrées d'exemples. Les aspects techniques de la fonction – question, pendaison, décapitation, noyade, ébouillantage, écartèlement – sont essentiels, car ils répondent à un système très codifié de mise à mort, tenant compte du crime commis et du rang social du condamné. La Révolution bouscule les rites séculaires, et l'adoption de la guillotine constitue à elle seule une rupture majeure dans l'application de la peine de mort et dans l'existence même des bourreaux, jusqu'à l'abolition en 1981 qui porte un coup fatal à la profession. Excellent connaisseur du Moyen Age, Frédéric Armand a publié l'unique biographie de Chilpéric Ier.

Author Frédéric ARMAND
Isbn 2262040613
Genre History
Year 2012-09-13
Pages 315
Language English
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Extrait : "Ce seul moment suffit à d'Artagnan pour prendre son parti : c'était là un de ces événements qui décident de la vie d'un homme, c'était un choix à faire entre le roi et le cardinal ; ce choix fait, il allait y persévérer. Se battre, c'est-à-dire désobéir à la loi, c'est-à-dire risquer sa tête, c'est-à-dire se faire d'un seul coup l'ennemi d'un ministre plus puissant que le roi lui-même (...)"

Author Alexandre Dumas,Ligaran,
Isbn 2335007254
Genre Fiction
Year 2015-02-04
Pages 521
Language English
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Based on the rare and until now overlooked journal of a Renaissance-era executioner, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington's The Faithful Executioner takes us deep inside the alien world and thinking of Meister Frantz Schmidt of Nuremberg, who, during forty-five years as a professional executioner, personally put to death 394 individuals and tortured, flogged, or disfigured many hundreds more. But the picture that emerges of Schmidt from his personal papers is not that of a monster. Could a man who routinely practiced such cruelty also be insightful, compassionate—even progressive? In The Faithful Executioner, Harrington vividly re-creates a life filled with stark contrasts, from the young apprentice's rigorous training under his executioner father to the adult Meister Frantz's juggling of familial duties with his work in the torture chamber and at the scaffold. With him we encounter brutal highwaymen, charming swindlers, and tragic unwed mothers accused of infanticide, as well as patrician senators, godly chaplains, and corrupt prison guards. Harrington teases out the hidden meanings and drama of Schmidt's journal, uncovering a touching tale of inherited shame and attempted redemption for the social pariah and his children. The Faithful Executioner offers not just the compelling firsthand perspective of a professional torturer and killer, but testimony of one man's lifelong struggle to reconcile his bloody craft with his deep religious faith. The biography of an ordinary man struggling for his soul, this groundbreaking book also offers an unparalleled panoramic view of Europe on the cusp of modernity, a society riven by violent conflict at all levels and encumbered by paranoia, superstition, and abuses of power. Thanks to an extraordinary historical source and its gifted interpreter, we recognize far more of ourselves than we might have expected in this intimate portrait of a professional killer from a faraway world.

Author Joel F. Harrington
Isbn 0809049937
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2013-03-19
Pages 320
Language English
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Impasses, fausses pistes et retournements de situation terrifiants, un suspense psychologique redoutable, par l'auteur de Je ne t'oublierai pas. " Appelle-moi. Besoin de te parler. " C'est le texto que Livy vient de recevoir de sa meilleure amie Julia. Mais le moment est mal choisi : ce soir, la jeune mère de famille a décidé d'accompagner son époux Will, à une soirée professionnelle. L'occasion pour elle de retisser les liens distendus de son couple. Le lendemain, Julia gît sur son canapé. À côté d'elle, une boîte de somnifères et un vague message d'adieu laissé sur son ordinateur. Un suicide ? Livy ne veut pas y croire. Dans l'ombre de police et de la famille de Julia, Livy mène l'enquête. Mais bientôt, cette affaire rouvre les plaies d'une autre, vieille de vingt ans : la mort de Kara, sa sœur, l'amie de Julia elle aussi. Et si cette dernière avait fait des découvertes gênantes ? Se pourrait-il que les deux crimes soient liés ? Mais dans ce cas, pourquoi Julia aurait-elle embauché une call girl pour tester la fidélité de Will ? Quels secrets lui cachait-elle ? Et qui est ce mystérieux Damian, qui prétend avoir été l'amant de Julia, mais dont Livy ignore tout ? À qui se fier désormais ? Car Livy le sait, le tueur est tout près. Et la jeune enquêtrice en herbe pourrait bien s'être précipitée dans sa toile...

Author Sophie MCKENZIE
Isbn 2714471447
Genre Fiction
Year 2016-02-04
Pages 318
Language English
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The gripping history of electricity and how the fateful collision of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse left the world utterly transformed. In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, death, and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires. At the heart of the story are Thomas Alva Edison, the nation’s most famous and folksy inventor, creator of the incandescent light bulb and mastermind of the world’s first direct current electrical light networks; the Serbian wizard of invention Nikola Tesla, elegant, highly eccentric, a dreamer who revolutionized the generation and delivery of electricity; and the charismatic George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh inventor and tough corporate entrepreneur, an industrial idealist who in the era of gaslight imagined a world powered by cheap and plentiful electricity and worked heart and soul to create it. Edison struggled to introduce his radical new direct current (DC) technology into the hurly-burly of New York City as Tesla and Westinghouse challenged his dominance with their alternating current (AC), thus setting the stage for one of the eeriest feuds in American corporate history, the War of the Electric Currents. The battlegrounds: Wall Street, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Niagara Falls, and, finally, the death chamber—Jonnes takes us on the tense walk down a prison hallway and into the sunlit room where William Kemmler, convicted ax murderer, became the first man to die in the electric chair.

Author Jill Jonnes
Isbn 1588360008
Genre History
Year 2003-08-19
Pages 432
Language English
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Issu de la dernière dynastie de bourreaux, Anatole Deibler ne parvint pas à échapper à son destin d?exécuteur en chef, profession qu?il exerça de 1885 à 1939, faisant tomber la lame de la guillotine sur les rôdeurs des villes et des campagnes, les empoisonneuses, les parricides, les anarchistes, les maquisards corses, les membres du grand banditisme, les violeurs? Prisonnier d?un métier sacré et infâme, qui lui attira haine et mépris, il allégea sa solitude et sa culpabilité dans la rédaction de journaux intimes, dont sont ici publiés des extraits commentés par Gérard A. Jaeger. Dans ses Carnets d?exécution , cédés à plus de 100 000 € à Drouot en février 2003, Deibler consigna l?attirance et la répulsion que lui inspirait le châtiment suprême et rédigea d?innombrables notes sur les condamnés dont il serait le bourreau. Il racontait parfois les vies des criminels sous une forme littéraire, exercice [qui] constituait une soupape de sécurité psychologique dans son existence d?écorcheur " , analyse Gérard A. Jaeger. Gérard A. Jaegger s?attache au personnage autant qu?à l?Histoire de France, rappelant que le spectacle de l?échafaud attirait les foules, tandis qu?une partie de l?opinion publique se battait déjà contre la peine de mort dans le pays des droits de l?homme. De nombreux documents iconographiques accompagnent les textes : extraits de carnets, documents officiels, photographies de Deibler et de criminels exécutés?"

Author Anatole Deibler
Isbn 2809815259
Genre History
Year 2014-06-01
Pages 207
Language English
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D’après le jeu vidéo à succès d’ Ubisoft ! Niccolò Polo, père de Marco, révèle en fin l’histoire qu’il a toute sa vie gardée secrète : celle d’Altaïr, l’un des Assassins les plus illustres qu’ait jamais compté la Fraternité. Embarqué dans une aventure épique qui l’entraînera jusqu’en Terre sainte, Altaïr comprendra la véritable signification du Credo des Assassins... Pour prouver à tous son indéfectible dévotion, il accepte d’éliminer neuf redoutables adversaires dont le Grand maître Templier Robert de Sablé... C’est la première fois qu’est contée la vie d’Altaïr, une épopée qui changea le cours de l’Histoire, de sa lutte éternelle contre la conspiration templière à son histoire familiale stupéfiante et tragique, ainsi qu’à l’ultime trahison de son plus vieil ami.

Author Oliver Bowden
Isbn 2820503683
Genre Fiction
Year 2012-06-29
Pages 420
Language English
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Market: electronics hobbyists and Tesla societies and websites Features 76 worksheets to simplify design The only book available to cover the Tesla coil in so much detail

Author Mitch Tilbury
Isbn 9780071595896
Genre Technology & Engineering
Year 2007-10-12
Pages 413
Language English
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In the nineteenth century, science and technology developed a close and continuing relationship. The most important advancements in physics—the science of energy and the theory of the electromagnetic field—were deeply rooted in the new technologies of the steam engine, the telegraph, and electric power and light. Bruce J. Hunt here explores how the leading technologies of the industrial age helped reshape modern physics. This period marked a watershed in how human beings exerted power over the world around them. Sweeping changes in manufacturing, transportation, and communications transformed the economy, society, and daily life in ways never before imagined. At the same time, physical scientists made great strides in the study of energy, atoms, and electromagnetism. Hunt shows how technology informed science and vice versa, examining the interaction between steam technology and the formulation of the laws of thermodynamics, for example, and that between telegraphy and the rise of electrical science. Hunt’s groundbreaking introduction to the history of physics points to the shift to atomic and quantum physics. It closes with a brief look at Albert Einstein’s work at the Swiss patent office and the part it played in his formulation of relativity theory. Hunt translates his often-demanding material into engaging and accessible language suitable for undergraduate students of the history of science and technology.

Author Bruce J. Hunt
Isbn 0801898315
Genre Science
Year 2010-04-08
Pages 192
Language English
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"It is a thorough and focused work on American corrections providing a solid opportunity for students to learn not only how the correctional system works but also to understand its ever increasing complexities." —Dorie Astle, Southwestern Oklahoma State University American Corrections, Second Edition offers students a contemporary, issues-oriented introduction that covers every aspect of corrections, prompting students to think critically about complex issues that are affecting the current U.S. correctional system. Incorporating the most recent theory, research, and data available, the Second Edition encourages students to explore the most interesting and progressive developments in correctional policy and practice. Authors Barry A. Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher J. Hartney draw from years of professional experience to give students a practical knowledge of corrections, as well as provide a framework for thoughtful analysis into what is plaguing the American correctional system and a realistic exploration of the solutions that could make a difference. Free Poster: Corrections System Overview A Complete Teaching & Learning Package Contact your rep to request a demo, explore bundling options, answer your questions, and find the perfect combination of tools and resources below to fit your unique course needs. SAGE Premium Video Included in the interactive eBook! Corrections News Clips bring extra coverage of current events into the book, connecting brief 2 to 4 minute news clips to core chapter content. Learn more about SAGE Premium Video. Interactive eBook Your students save when you bundle the print version with the Interactive eBook (Bundle ISBN: 978-1-5443-2643-6), which includes access to SAGE Premium Video and other multimedia tools. Learn more about the Interactive eBook. SAGE coursepacks FREE! Easily import our quality instructor and student resource content into your school’s learning management system (LMS) and save time. Learn more about instructor resources. SAGE edge FREE online resources for students that make learning easier. See how your students benefit.

Author Barry A. Krisberg,Susan Marchionna,Christopher J. Hartney
Isbn 1544318251
Genre Social Science
Year 2018-01-17
Pages 512
Language English
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Former ER doctor Peter Clement blends electrifying human drama with the suspense of top-notch medical thrillers. Now, in an all-too-plausible story that could have been torn from today's headlines, Clement has written his most gripping, utterly chilling novel to date. On an isolated stretch of moonlit highway in Oahu, a woman cradles her dying son in her arms. Though a physician, she cannot staunch the flow of foamy blood from his body. In the days that follow, an autopsy draws a shocking conclusion: the boy, his lungs filled with blood, died of a disease previously found only in birds. On the other side of the globe, a burned-out ER doctor repeats to himself over and over: Physician, heal thyself. For Dr. Richard Steele, a near fatal heart attack in the middle of his own hospital was the last warning he needed. Now Steele is being recruited into a movement to examine the hazards of genetically modified foods, a job that takes him to an explosive conference in Hawaii. Spearheaded by a charismatic female doctor, the anti-bioengineering movement is gathering steam. While a powerful company is using genetic breakthroughs to create new, disease-resistant super crops, activists warn that new DNA strains will wreak havoc on the environment. But no one suspects that the controversy is masking a far more frightening human threat. From the war-torn Middle East to an insulated laboratory in New York, from murder in a French cathedral to an act of terrifying violence at a remote Hawaii farm, a horrific plot is set in motion. With genetic researching opening new doors, one man has realized that altered strains of DNA cannot only change the make up of plant life--they can create the deadliest weapon of mass destruction ever unleashed upon the world.

Author Peter Clement
Isbn 030741616X
Genre Fiction
Year 2007-12-18
Pages 384
Language English
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