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Justice at Nuremberg First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0881840322
ISBN-10: 0881840327
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (January 28, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881840327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881840322
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on July 22, 2000
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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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By A Customer on 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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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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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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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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This is a very well-researched book full of information. It is very well written, which was a real surprise to me. I expected a thick, dry and academic volume. The literary talent of Mr. Conot made the 500 pages flow very well. The content of the book, of course, will never make this book an "easy" read. I am sure there are some occasional inaccuracies here and there (e.g. Pilsudski's pro-German quote supposedly came from the year 1938; however, everybody in Poland knows that he died in 1935), but in an undertaking like this a certain number of small mistakes is unavoidable.
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I read this book in preparation for a presentation on the Nuremberg Trials. It is very well researched and documented. This is real history that reads like unimaginable dystopian fiction. Anybody who has the slightest doubt about the Nazi atrocities should read this book and pay special attention to the photographs. Lest we forget.....
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This is a thought provoking book as it pertains to how to organize and conduct a trial that involves numerous atrocities, on numerous nationalities, in numerous countries, all to be prosecuted by various allied countries with very different ideas about what is important and how to proceed. My only complaint is that I felt the author strayed a bit more than I cared to read about or need to know, in terms of giving history of the war, which felt redundant, and not specifically trial focused.
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