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Capital Punishment: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues)by Michael Kronenwetter
Synopses & Reviews
Capital Punishment focuses on the use of the death penalty in the United States, its international status, and how foreign developments affect the country. It includes a history, a discussion of the controversies surrounding the death penalty, updated biographical sketches, and statistics. Key documents include the U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming capital punishment, a key dissent, Charles Dickens' 19th century view of the guillotine, and various papal and European Union decrees. It also includes a chronology, organizations, websites with further information, and an annotated bibliography.
In this updated survey, a thorough overview of capital punishment, author Michael Kronenwetter reveals interesting facts, for example, under Roman law, death was the penalty for publishing "insulting songs" and disturbing the city's peace.
Book News Annotation:
Intended as an accessible overview and first-stop resource, this treatment is suitable for high school level students and above. It begins with three essays on historical context, basic problems and controversies, and international perspectives (new to this edition). Subsequent sections comprise a 47-page chronology, brief profiles of prominent people who have taken a strong stand on the subject, discussion of some significant events and of contemporary methods of execution, tables of statistics, and a selection of documents and excerpts. Also included are lists of organizations (with contact information), an annotated bibliography of print resources, and a listing of websites. The author is a freelance writer and newspaper columnist. A loose signature and some typographical errors signal that book production standards could have been higher.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
• Contains the European Union memorandum on the death penalty and Charles Dickens' journalistic account of the guillotine
• Includes a convenient list of key death penalty decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court
• Presents a wealth of statistics relevant to the capital punishment debate in easy to read tables, charts, and graphs
Problems and crises. Analyses and answers. Contemporary World Issues explores — topic by topic — the critical challenges facing America and the world in the 21"st" century.
24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources? Contemporary World Issues provides a simple solution — informed and readable authors offering concise yet thorough discussions of today's most talked-about topics as they affect America and the world.
Exploring such diverse subjects as tobacco and terrorism, rainforests and religion, affirmative action and urban sprawl, Contemporary World Issues provides the historical background, the contemporary context, and the resources for further research. Exhaustive, concise, accessible, accurate, and up-to-date.
Why is the United States the only industrialized country in the world to persist with capital punishment? This updated edition of Capital Punishment addresses this and other controversial questions. New features include sections on DNA and the Innocence Project, as well as special cases dealing with the mentally ill and incompetent, women, and children.
This revised edition of a perennial bestseller, with more than 50 percent new material, is a much-needed overview of a hotly debated topic.
• Primary documents including the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing the death penalty; "Evangelium Vitae," Pope John Paul's encyclical letter opposing the death penalty; and the South African court opinion abolishing the death penalty
• Lists of organizations in the United States and abroad, mostly devoted to the abolition of the death penalty
Why is the United States the only industrialized country in the world to persist with capital punishment? This updated edition of Capital Punishment: A Reference Handbook addresses this and other controversial questions. New features include sections on DNA and the Innocence Project, as well as special cases dealing with the mentally ill and incompetent, women, and children.
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