The Nuremburg trials remain, after nearly a half a century, the benchmark for judging international crimes. Using new sourcesground-breaking research in the papers of the Nuremburg prison psychiatrist and commandant, the letters and journals of the prisoners, and accounts of the judges and prosecutors as they struggled through each day making compromises and steeling their convictionsJoseph Persico retells the story of Nuremburg, combining sweeping history with psychological insight. Here are brilliant, chilling portraits of the Nazi warlords and riveting descriptions of the tensions between law and vengeance, between East and West, and of the friction already present in the early stages of the Cold War.
"Persico captures both the sweep and the detail of the war crimes trials in an account that sometimes reads like a Ludlum novel."Los Angeles Times
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||12.18(w) x 7.43(h) x 1.59(d)|
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Excellent book to study the issues and politics in the first international war crimes tribunal. The story was developed into a made-for-television movie and reading the book makes a person want to see the production. I was suprised that the author presented the Nazi's as more intriguing characters than were the allied lawyers. Hermann Goering was truly an amoral opportunist but he also had his disturbed sense of honor and a form of sadistic courage. The problem I have always had with the trials at Nuremberg is the fact that the Soviets sat beside the democracies as judges. It is true that the Russian people suffered terribly during the war but Stalin's regime was every bit as monstorous as Hitler's. The fact that the Bolsheviks sat in as prosecutors and tribunes tainted the ideals for which the war was fought. The democracies should have proceeded with their own evidence, witnesses, and documentations. The verdicts would have came out the same and the ideals would truly have been a benchmark for civilization to strive toward.