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As a reporter for the U.S. Army newspaper Stars and Stripes, Ehrenfreund witnessed the trial of top Nazis at Nuremberg after World War II. After decades as a California lawyer and judge, he now combines his observations with secondary sources, especially the memoirs of Robert Jackson, the American prosecutor, and Francis Biddle, the American judge. Ehrenfreund effectively rebuts arguments against the tribunal-that it imposed "victors' justice" and ex post facto laws on the accused. Though he isn't the most agile pen portraitist of the participants, Ehrenfreund clearly presents the story and the legal concepts. The strongest part of his book examines Nuremberg's aftermath. The testimony and documents provided by the Nazis themselves gave history a record of their atrocities that cannot be denied. Nuremberg also established the precedent for holding the butchers of other nations-e.g. Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia-accountable for their crimes, here detailed by Ehrenfreund. An effective history and study of the impact of such powerful procedures on the modern world, this is a good purchase for all libraries.
—Michael O. Eshleman