Eat Thy Neighbour : A History of Cannibalism Hardback
A lively and easily digestible account of cannibalism and cannibals from the earliest incidents through to the modern day.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/08/2006
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9780750943727
- Paperback from £7.89
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Review by PirateJenny
This is a pretty good overview for the layperson. Well, for people who don't know much about cannibalism--I really don't mean for non-cannibals. Really. Cause ew. Ritual and situational cannibalism are covered in the first half (or almost half, really) of the book, while the rest is an overview of some of the best-known criminal cannibal cases. I did learn some stuff I didn't know, actually. Like the fact that while Alfred Packer was sentenced to death, the sentence was never carried out, and that archaeological evidence now supports his story. All the shows on the History or Learning channels make it seem as if Packer was executed. I also learned that cannibalism has long been a problem in Germany, so there really should have been laws on the books by the time Armin Miewes came around. So if you wanna learn about some stomach-turning criminal cannibals, this is a good book. (And I'm really glad the subject, while it fascinates me, still makes my stomach turn.)