Torture and the Ticking Time Bomb in the Era of Global Terror (February 2018)

This essay first appeared in the February 2018 issue of Choice (volume 55 | issue 6).


Public and academic interest in torture has increased since it was revealed that the United States engaged in so-called enhanced interrogation techniques in the military response to the 9/11 attacks. This article reviews the literature—focusing on book-length works—that developed largely as a response to these revelations. This interdisciplinary literature spans history, sociology, political science, philosophy, legal studies, journalism, and media studies, while connecting the contemporaneous analyses to their pre-9/11 theoretical foundations.

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About the author:

Julie Beicken is assistant professor of sociology at Rocky Mountain College.