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Justice at Nuremberg [Paperback]

Robert E Conot
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January 28, 1993 0881840327 978-0881840322
Here, for the first time in one volume, is the full story of crimes committed by the Nazi leaders and of the trials in which they were brought to judgement. Conot reconstructs in a single absorbing narrative not only the events at Nuremburg but the offenses with which the accused were charged. He brilliantly characterizes each of the twenty-one defendants, vividly presenting each case and inspecting carefully the process of indictment, prosecution, defense and sentencing.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (January 28, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881840327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881840322
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very thorough account July 22, 2000
For those who enjoyed TNT's Nuremburg movie and would like to develop a more complete understanding of the trial, "Justice at Nuremburg" is for you. Author Robert Conot does a lot more than just recount the trial of the leading Nazis. He gives a full portrayal of their crimes and details their actions while they were in allied custody both before and during the trial. Conot also gives the background on the leading allied prosecutors and judges as well as detailing the increasing Cold War friction that surrounded the trial. The Nuremburg trial set the standard for international war crimes tribunals as we know them today. Many precedents were established that are still with us. But it is the fascinating (and revolting) stories of the defendant's themselves that make this book so compelling.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended October 30, 2002
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I can recommend this book to anyone wanting a basic knowledge of the Nuremberg trial and the atrocities that it exposed. My only complaint is that the book often drifts from the subject of the trial itself to general Nazi and Holocaust history, which is fine unless you've already read a good deal about these subjects in other books. One more issue is that Conot's mini-biography of Hitler, found at the end of the book, relies too much on speculation about the cause of Hitler's madness. (Can the root of Hitler's madness really be reduced to the view that he might have had syphilis?) Still, Conot manages to find some nuggets of information that I have not seen elsewhere, and when he does stay close to the trial it makes for highly intriguing reading.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brillant Account May 8, 2000
For anyone who wants to know about the Nuremberg Trials, you must read this book. Canot gives us a real deal of the trial. He gives us an in to the processes of how the Trial worked and how the Justices felt. He tells the History of the Tiral as if you were right there. And that is a trait that not every book has. As an active reader of the Nuremberg Trials, I whole heartedly suggest and push for the reading of this book, in orfer to fully understand the true meaning of this gret event.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 3, 2013
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I have read many, many accounts of the original IMT from all angles in previous books and articles and seen many documentaries and movies based on the subject. This book was a most thorough account of the event and was able to offer even more previously unknown information surrounding the defendants and the prosecution of the cases against them, as well as a bit of inside information about the key players and "personal" behind-the-scenes reports, which are generally left out of other accounts.
I just finished the book recently and can say that I was surprisingly satisfied and somewhat enlightened about a subject that has many miles on it already. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a definite interest in the WW2 era in general and the first International Military Tribunal held in Nuremberg after the war. It is well written and an easy read as well that will keep you reading (not full of unnecessary technical or legal terms, etc).
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Alive with Drama", But Too Much Historical Background August 15, 2013
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The Washington Post in its 1983 review of the book said "Conot's 593-page account of Goering, Hess and cronies in the docket is alive with drama and melodrama"; a comment I wholeheartedly agree with. Indeed, it was this aspect of the book that most engaged me as the author really brought the trial and its leading personalities to life.

In addition, in order for the reader to understand the crimes of the accused, the author necessarily provided some historical background. To that end, Conot did an extraordinary amount of research. (He told the Washington Post that he read more than 50 million words of material.)

However, all this historical background information, for this reader, made the book, at times, seem like another book (a book on the history of the Third Reich) as it was quite lengthy.

But don't let my last comment put you off. This is an excellent account of the trial.

Sadly (just for reader information) Mr. Conot died at age 82 in Los Angeles in 2012.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and I learned a lot November 29, 2012
Can't understand the hold Hitler had over people and wondered what the verdits of the Nuremberg trials were I read this book and got a lot more that even what I was looking for. History of the Nazi party - how it evolved ever so gradually and shockingly - and of the Nationalist Socialist theories. Hitler was surrounded by people as souless as he was - bureaucrats and evil mercyless murderers. Enlightening and well written book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Justice at Nurenberg April 22, 2009
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Once you start reading it is difficult to put down. A very comprehensive
reading on the Nurnberg trials.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative January 4, 2007
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The book is written by a Psychologist who was involved in the Nuremberg trials including testing the main defendants. I found his insites very interesting and combined with other books about the trials was a superb addition in understanding what when on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read if you are interested in the legal aspects of the trial
Narrative is well organized and interesting , although it is focused on the legal matters of the trial. I was expecting a psychological profile of the accused.
Published 4 months ago by Elsita
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history.
Every student should be required to read and then report on at least one book detailing the Nuremberg Trials. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Irv Blank
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
For anyone interested in the Nuremberg Trials, this is a great start. It has been well researched and documented, and the stories of how this was put together and played out in the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Harvey G. Linkous
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for my husband
My husband loves history, especially Civil War and WWII, and books about our Presidents. After a trip to Germany, I bought this book for him, and he says it is "a must... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Linda L. Troutman
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was in great shape
This book was purchased by a friend that loves this type of book. She said, "the book was really good."
Published 16 months ago by Ann Tardiff
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!
I absolutely love this book! It was a bit long and dealt with many shocking and painful events, but it documented the events to a T! Read more
Published on March 16, 2011 by John Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Nuremburg!
Absolutely the best book on the subject of the Nurembur trials. Having read three other accounts, this book stands out as the best written and most informative.
Published on November 20, 2010 by Charli
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