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At the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders after WWII, America's lead prosecutor, Chief Justice Robert Jackson, had an Achilles' heel: cross-examination. Thus emerged a young attorney, Thomas Dodd, whose inquisition of the brilliant Hermann Göring provided the centerpiece of the trials. Walter Cronkite, who covered Nuremberg, said years later that Dodd had saved the day. These letters reveal that Dodd felt slighted by Jackson early on and almost left before the trial. Unexpectedly, in 1990, his children discovered Dodd's voluminous correspondence from Nuremberg to his wife, Grace. What shines through these letters describing the trial and events leading up to it is the writer's unfussy concern for righteousness, which under the circumstances meant winning the case-and in the proper way. (One Nazi general he interrogated, Dodd said, "really should not be in prison... he is and was persona non grata with the Nazis.") Dodd (who like his son, presidential hopeful Christopher, later became a senator) was a very good writer; his descriptions of the trial and the defendants (Göring reminded him of a "captured lion") are evocative. These excerpted letters make for fascinating reading and must be considered an essential addition to Nuremberg studies. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Sept. 11)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Posted September 12, 2009
Through the vehicle of many letters written from the heart by Senator Chris Dodd's father to his mother, the story of the Nuremberg trials unfolds. The love which Tom Dodd had for his wife is a main character. The trial is another main character. We learn, through descriptions of individual defendants, of details of the horrors of the holocaust and our collective responsibility for historical events. One cannot avoid thinking about more recent events, and the relationship between means and ends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2008
The Title implies some detailed testifying, tough cross examinations of leading Nazis. Instead we get a stream of love letters from Dodd to his wife. Thats nice...but enough is enough. Mainly...we get a litany of complaints about procedures, the French, the Russians, going to parties. Almost no hard courtroom dialogue whatsoever. So whats the point? A complete letdown by a very good senator but a book that never, ever delivers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2007
Reading this book is a great way to spend a few hours. I loved all the history and politics, but what I enjoyed most was the love story. Who would have thought that a book about holding Nazis responsible for their horrible crimes would also share such an intimate correspondence between a husband and a wife? Tom Dodd was a really eloquent writer, particularly considering he was just writing letters home and probably not expecting they would ever become public! I just wish that we had his wife Grace Dodd's return letters as well. I read a lot and I found this book to be truly unique, with interest for almost anyone -- from history to politics to law to war to romance. I really enjoyed it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2013
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