An interesting review of the inquisitorial apparatus, first invented in the Middle Ages which remained in operation for over 600 years and yet has never been fully dismantled. An unbroken thread links the friar-inquisitors to The Salem witch trials,Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, the Internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the Hollywood blacklists of the McCarthy Era, and even Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Kirsch shows how the Inquisition stands as a universal and ineradicable symbol of the terror that results when absolute power works its corruption. Illustrated. New but has remainder mark on page bottoms. Published at $ 26.95. New York, N.Y. Harper Collins 2008 1st Ed., 296 Pgs., 6 x9, HB. Was $ 18.95.