My library of photography books is very comprehensive and "Inferno" belongs to the top ten albeit it is the most disturbing book I own. I can't begin to imagine the psychological impact the capturing of these images must have had on James Nachtwey and I have the utmost respect for his ability to go through these ordeals to bring the darkest side of life into the front and center of our attention.
First, this book will make you cry and then it will make you think. While I highly recommend it, I keep it deeply buried under dozens of big books, out of reach for my children. One day, when they are old enough to understand and strong enough to digest, I will study it with them and discuss the underlying messages.