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The Torture Report: A Graphic Adaptation

Sid Jacobson

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Prose: non-fiction, Graphic novels: true stories & non-fiction, History of the Americas, 21st century history: from c 2000 -, International relations

On December 9, 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 576-page report that strongly condemned the CIA for its secret and brutal use of torture in the treatment of prisoners during the George W. Bush Administration after 9/11. This deeply researched and fully documented investigation caused monumental controversy, interest, and concern, yet much of the American public found the report to be dense and inaccessible to the general reader.

Using their tried, tested, and celebrated graphic storytelling method, Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon have summarised, illustrated, and made accessible the damning torture report. Jacobson's text highlights the key lessons learned from the Report-that the CIA lied about the brutality of the techniques used, about their effectiveness, about how many people they detained and subjected to these techniques, and that they routinely dismissed the concerns expressed by interrogators in the field. Colon's unmistakable talent as an illustrator adds power and poignancy to the facts, infusing them with a sense of immediacy and humanity that is unforgettable.

With its unique format, THE TORTURE REPORT will finally allow Americans to lift the veil and fully understand the crimes committed by the CIA.

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