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The New York Times Book Review…magnificent…both a celebratory chronicle of American lawmaking and a gruesome record of American wartime cruelty…Lincoln's Code persuasively shows how the laws of war are created and institutionalized by the self-interests and principles of powerful states, and are all too often swept away by battlefield necessity. "Every generation," Witt writes, "has its law-of-war crisis." This monumental book, resting on colossal archival research and packed with memorable stories and arguments, is a major contribution to making sense of ours.
—Gary J. Bass