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The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber

Scott Christianson


This book takes us to the dark side of human history in the first full chronicle of the gas chamber in the United States. First constructed in Nevada in 1924, the gas chamber, a method of killing sealed off and removed from the sight and hearing of witnesses, was originally touted as a “humane” method of execution. Delving into science, war, industry, medicine, law, and politics, the book overturns this mythology for good. It exposes the sinister links between corporations looking for profit, the military, and the first uses of the gas chamber after World War I. It explores little-known connec ... More

Keywords: gas chamber, United States, execution, World War I, eugenics, hydrogen cyanide, Adolf Hitler, death penalty, profit, military

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520255623
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Christianson, author