From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up-Four sections, each with at least three articles or excerpts from books, define war crimes, provide a historical overview of the topic, offer personal reflections, and examine how these crimes should be addressed in the future. The essays give information about the authors, which include journalists, academics, and others prominent in peace and conflict studies. All of the articles originated in the 1990s, except one on Vietnam that was written in 1966, and cover such topics as the Nuremberg trials, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, and the Japanese invasion of China. The well-written, thought-provoking essays ask some tough questions about who should determine who is put on trial for war crimes, and suggest effective deterrents to this type of crime. The appendix includes the Nuremberg Principles and excerpts from the Geneva Convention treaties. A useful book for class discussions as well as for research papers.Tracey Ansley, Cary Academy, NC
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Gr. 11^-12. Can there be rules for a just war? Is "ethnic cleansing" the same as genocide? Are the losers always the criminals? Who can be tried? Starting with an account of the Holocaust, this book in the Contemporary Issues Companion series shows that the vow of "never again" has done little to prevent further war crimes from occurring. There are essays on the atrocities in Cambodia, Rwanda, and elsewhere, on the role of the U.S. in the bombing of Iraqi civilians and soldiers, on the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam. Several writers focus on the brutality in the former Yugoslavia: Peter Maass' description of the crimes he witnessed in the Bosnian prison camps are horrifyingly detailed, including accounts of rape and castration. Older high-school students will find much to discuss here about the role of international tribunals, and always the question, Who is to blame? The book ends with the texts of the Nuremberg Principles and the Geneva Convention, and there's an annotated list of organizations to contact and a bibliography. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved