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Nuremberg Trial Hardcover – 20 Oct 1983


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (20 Oct 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333274636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333274637
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,174,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Trevor K. Killen on 2 May 2013
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First of all, could I make it clear that my low rating of this book is not reflective of the book itself. "The Nuremberg Trial" is superb and is probably the most definitive book-length work on this subject. (Incidentally, the print version credits John Tusa, as well as Ann Tusa.) No, my problem is with the Kindle version.

The Kindle version is PLAGUED (actually, that is a mild term) with typographical errors. Intermittently - and entirely unpredictably - an error appears which totally detracts from enjoyment of this first-rate history. For example, "Dahlerus" appears (several times) as "Dahlems" and "Gilbert" as "Gilbe5". These are only random examples of many. Worse, many of the typos are numbers.

Precision in numbers - quantities, dates - are somewhat important in a history; otherwise rubbish results. For example, referring to Speer's appearance in the witness box, the Kindle version says, "...he himself had struggled to prevent the destruction of Germany at Hitler's hands in 1941....From January 1941 he had given up all attempts to produce armaments..."

This is blatant nonsense. For anyone who has even a nodding acquaintanceship with the history of this period - or who has read the print version of this book - it is clear that the year quoted should be 1945.

This goes beyond merely spoiling the reader's enjoyment of an excellent book - it is destroying historical accuracy.

I mean, what is Amazon playing at? Do they not have any people proofreading Kindle editions? If so, why are they still holding their jobs? Can we introduce Amazon to the concept of a simple spelling checker?

In short, does Amazon pay any attention at all to quality control?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Miller on 24 Feb 2014
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I am rating the kindle version of this book. I read the hard print version many years ago and it was excellent. However, in the kindle version a copy of the manuscript has scanned and put through some optical character recognition. Unfortunately very little in the way of proof reading after that. It was so bad it really did get in the way of what otherwise was a very good history of the Nuremberg Trial. Just because its a digital book, doesn't mean that publishers can ignore typesetting and proof reading. very poor indeed. Frankly the publisher is just taking the digital reader for a ride.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Oct 2000
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This is a fascinating book, which describes not just the trial itself, but examines the history behind it, the law on which it was based, the dramatis personae, as well as its after-effects on the collective conscience of the international community. It is written in an easy to read style, and manages to transcend the horror it describes with an appropriate mix of pathos and gravitas. The description of Justice Jackson's cross-examination of Goering, Maxwell-Fyfe's rather better effort at the same task, the attempts to unravel the mysteries of Hess' mind and the scathing description of Ribbentrop's "woolly mind" are just a few examples of the excellence of this book. Ideal for both the scholar and the anorak.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Allen on 25 Mar 2013
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Having read countless books on the two world wars I had long wanted to read a full account of the Nueremberg trials. This account by Ann and John Tusa provides an impartial, well-researched and fascinating insight into this trial that established the historical precedent of the concept of war crimes. The way in which lawyers from the radically different legal systems of America, Britain, France and the USSR worked together for a year to try and convict those guilty of some of the most heinous crimes in human history had me rivetted. The way that the challenges of mounting such a trial were met, demands the utmost respect and admiration for those involved. The fairness of the judgements - three were acquitted - and the conscientious way in which this at times extremely tedious trial was endured make it a historic landmark. The reactions of the those charged with crimes against humanity, described in full detail in court, gives deep insights into the depths to which human beings can sink. Twelve of those convicted were sentenced to death by hanging, an arguably just, but neverthless moving, end to the Third Reich and all that it stood for.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Overseas Reviewer on 21 Jan 2011
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I could not urge anyone enough to buy this book - an engrossing tale of the trials and the participants. I found the political and legal arguments concerning the moral authority of the court very interesting and some of the remarks attributed to the chief gaoler, Col Andrus, hilarious. Perhaps the best aspect of the book's coverage is the description of the relationships between the various defendants and those of the captives and their lawyers. The political wrangling between the four powers is also well covered.

Anyone with even the slightest interest in WW2 and all lawyers really should read this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr J Tarbett on 30 May 2011
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This book was a superb tour de force. For the legal minded the full background to the problems of creating international law was exceptionally outlined. For the attempts of the allied lawyers to ensure a fair trial despite interference from their governments was illuminating, especially the Russian delegates. For german social historians there were some excellent insights into the climate of 1947 and the popular views in Germany of their former masters. For those for whom the leaders of the Third Reich have been a focus of interest for years there are revealing passages. The contrast between men like Speer and Goring provide much fruit for thought. In all, this was a great read.
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