Solitary: The History and Current Reality of Torture as a Means of Social Control Within Prisons" is an important contribution to the broad dialogue on the torture of prisoners and human rights. The author argues, from the position of a scholarly expert, that the goals of prisons have been confused and contradictory for hundreds of years, but have long included an element of social and/or sensory isolation. The book documents how the scientific community during the 1950's through the 1980's took a special interest in isolation as it relates to a variety of domains: to warfare, to brain and mental functioning, to political indoctrination, to social control, and to the "reform" of mental patients and prisoners. Written for a broad audience, the author explores a multitude of historical frameworks with a deft touch. The result is compelling, well-researched, and eventually devastating in its condemnation--a brilliant and beautiful book.