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Nuremberg: The Reckoning

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Sebastian Reinhardt, a young German-American, is yanked from routine army duty in America to serve as an interpreter at Nuremberg's Palace of Justice in 1945. He hears the stories of the infamous Nazi killers and war makers, who face prosecutors determined to bring them to justice, and encounters the towering figures of twentieth-century legal, political, and military hist ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Mariner Books (first published 2002)
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Dennis Perkinson
May 25, 2011 Dennis Perkinson rated it really liked it
By adding a fictional prisoner to the cadre of Nazis tried at Nuremberg and linking him to a young American Lieutenant of American/German/Jewish descent, Buckley manages to provide a fairly comprehensive overview of not only what took place at Nuremberg but an informative glimpse into some of the ethical and legal questions that surrounded the proceedings. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has even a slight interest in the immediate aftermath of World War II on Germany, its citizens and ...more
John Kaufmann
Oct 23, 2015 John Kaufmann rated it liked it
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Nuremberg-lite, for those who don't want all the gruesome details and tedious legal arguments that dominate most non-fiction accounts of the trial. It focuses on one American soldier, Sebastian Reinhart, born of a German father, who is called upon to serve as translator for counsel assigned to one particular Nazi prisoner. This novelized account deals more with Sebastian's personal struggle to learn of the fate of his father, who was not allowed to leave Germany with his wife and Sebastian just ...more
Robert Clancy
Aug 02, 2016 Robert Clancy rated it liked it
Nuremberg: The Reckoning was more aptly titled - Nuremberg: The Near Reckoning. It showed promises of being really good but never delivered. Every time you thought there was going to be some dramatic revelation, it sputtered out or arrived at a dead-end. It was well-written and could have been so much more, but never developed into a gripping plot. With some creative leaps, the storyline could have been so much more intriguing. All in all, a solid "B" but didn't live up to it's potential.
Aug 15, 2016 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written tale of how personalities contributed to the atmosphere surrounding the "War Crimes" trials after WWII
Debra Jeakins
I wasnt as impressed with this book by Buckley as I have with other books written by him. Dont get me wrong it was a good story line but it seemed to lack in past enthusiasm as his other books I've read.
Liz B
Jul 13, 2007 Liz B rated it liked it
I picked this up at a library book sale for 50 cents because I enjoyed the nonfiction _Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial_ so much. It was an interesting combination of nonfiction references to the trial & people involved, and the fictional story of Sebastian, a young German-American translator who discovers more about his family history while in Nuremberg. I enjoyed reading it, although there was at least one subplot that wasn't tied in well at all to the main narrative.
Jan 28, 2016 Kyla rated it liked it
It is an enthralling story, especially when it gets to the trials. But I was disappointed to find that the main defendant followed in the story, and the death camp he oversaw, were fictional creations of the author rather than true-to-history characters. I would have liked to learn more about the actual historical characters of the trial.
Alan Ziegaus
Jan 13, 2011 Alan Ziegaus rated it it was ok
It was ok, but why did the author have to invent a war criminal who never existed who was in charge of a death camp that never existed and then throw both into the Nuremgberg trial. I thought he could have used one of the real war criminals as a foil in the book.
Apr 24, 2013 Brenton rated it liked it
Part history, part historical fiction. A good introduction to the post-war Nazi trials, but I'm not sure why Buckley added the fictional characters.
May 05, 2010 Chuck rated it liked it
Simple but interesting historical novel about the famed Nazi trials at Nuremberg. Buckley, as usual, is verbose and sometimes vague.
Jan 25, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Fascinating era..but poor writng by Buckley. should have been better
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William Frank Buckley, Jr. was an American author and conservative commentator. He founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, hosted 1,429 episodes of the television show Firing Line from 1966 until 1999, and was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. His writing style was famed for its erudition, wit, and use of uncommon words.

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