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Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals 1st Edition Thus

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"[A] major new study of the history of these tribunals. . . . [F]ascinating. . . . [A] masterly study of the international politicking surrounding the war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. . . . Written with enviable lightness of touch, but fortified with a mass of serious scholarship in the notes, this is a model study of a complex subject. Its . . . argument is dispassionately made, and highly persuasive. A copy of this book should be sent forthwith to Mr Kostunica in Belgrade."---Noel Malcolm, The Sunday Telegraph

"[C]ompelling. . . . [A] timely and exhaustive survey of how political leaders have wrestled with the problem of war criminals since 1815. . . . Bass . . . argues convincingly that trying war criminals is a better option than its alternative: revenge. . . . [An] important reminder . . . that . . . governments, including our own, must keep step by prosecuting war criminals."---Chuck Sudetic, The New York Times Book Review

"Bass has done extensive research as well as investigative reporting in fashioning an unusual book.", The Virginia Quarterly

"[An] invaluable book."---Barry Gewen, The American Interest

"A solid, lively, and readable contribution to the politics of international criminal justice."---Antonio Cassese, International History Review

"A comprehensive account of how modern society handles war criminals. . . . As America wrestles with international judicial questions, Bass' account of how the dynamics of tribunals have changed throughout the past two centuries is relevant reading indeed."---Meg Kinnard, NationalJournal.com

"Why war-crimes tribunals? In this dense and compelling account, which examines trials from St. Helena to The Hague, Bass, a professor at Princeton, makes a realist's case for idealism and a pessimist's case for perseverance.", The New Yorker

"[A]n intriguing tale, and one told with flair by Gary Jonathan Bass. . . . Mr Bass's book could not be better timed. . . . Mr Bass's compelling account of earlier attempts to apply law in the aftermath of armed conflicts offers a useful historical setting for the current debates about a permanent court. . . . [I]nternational legalism, after a century of the failures and false starts recounted so well by Mr Bass, may after all be about to come of age."---David Manasian, The Economist

"This excellent book is a worthwhile acquisition for anyone and any library, but it is an essential one for those concerned with international law, international organization, and war crimes. Bass combines the best of his scholarly political science training with his experience as a former correspondent with The Economist."---Arthur W. Blaser, American Political Science Review

"[An] impressive scholarly work. . . . Balanced and thorough. . . .", Publishers Weekly


"This study of the politics of war crimes tribunals discovers past cases that almost nobody had examined and covers in a lucid and provocative way more familiar recent examples. It is the best book on the subject, a humane plea for justice as the only alternative to unacceptable oblivion or vengeance, and a worthy addition to the company of brilliant first books."―Stanley Hoffmann, Harvard University

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  • Item Weight : 1.31 pounds
  • Paperback : 440 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0691092788
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691092782
  • Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.97 x 9.21 inches
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press; 1st Edition Thus (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: : English
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