Kevin B. Anderson

Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Review of Marnia Lazreg's Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad

This review of Marnia Lazreg's Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad appeared in Critical Sociology 35:6 (fall 2009)

In this study, Marnia Lazreg gives us a new and original account of torture during the Algerian war of 1954–62. A second notable feature of this book is its theoretically rich discussion of torture at a more general level, which furnishes important insights into political power at both the macro and the micro levels. Finally, Lazreg’s book helps us to theorize the US Government’s resort to torture under the Bush administration.

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