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Nuremberg by Joseph E. Persico
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Aug 14, 08

bookshelves: history-and-politics
Read in August, 2008

A well researched and highly readable account that documents the post World War Two Nuremberg trial. The author does an excellent but difficult job of keeping the narrative interesting and informative without getting bogged down in detail something I greatly appreciated because such a book could easily become dry and boring because of the complicated subject matter. Throughout the book the author stressed the human drama and conflict of personalities over dry legal facts, thus, giving the reader important information on the Nazi criminals, legal personnel, and journalists surrounding which explained how the individuals ended up at Nuremberg and how their prior experiences shaped their outlook and actions at Nuremberg. Persico's elegant but factual pose revealed with great clarity, insight, and detail the international rivalries, the individual feuds, and the problems and contradictions that the tribunal faced. The greatest strength of this book is that the author presented the criminals and prosecutors, lawyers and judges, soldiers and journalists as people with both failures and strengths, victories and defeats. This even handed and balanced approach sows that the trial was both a success and a failure that would have important and relevant implications that can be felt to this day.
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