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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Reprint edition (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620877880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620877883
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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An engrossing and reflective eyewitness account of one of the most significant events of our century.

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Telford Taylor (1908-1998) graduated from Williams College and Harvard Law School. During World War II he served in Europe as a U.S. Army intelligence officer and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. After the Nuremberg trials, Taylor practiced law in New York City, taught at Columbia Law School and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, and published a number of books, including Munich: The Price of Peace, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best nonfiction work of 1979.

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'Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials' is a long and detailed book, but given the role played by the author in the Trials, it is absolutely required reading for all students of this complex and morally divisive sequence of events. Taylor writes the book as if the event was yesterday and his incisive analysis into the minds of the leading players in this legal drama are compelling. In many ways, we live with Nuremberg today as the International Court brings to book other men who believed that they were above the law. This was the first major trial of its kind; it broke new ground in international jurisprudence, and an account by one of its participants must be read if subsequent trials are to make any sense.
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The best book about the Nuremberg trial 16 April 2013
By aar4 - Published on
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I am a former war crimes prosecutor who has taught a course on war crimes, genocide and justice at the university and law school level for 20 years. Taylor's book is, hands down, the best book ever written about the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. I am very glad to see it back in print after nearly 20 years. It is an authoritative, readable and comprehensive account of the IMT by Taylor, the deputy chief prosecutor and one of the most thoughtful commentators of the 20th century on matters of war, crime and justice.

Note, however, that this book deals only with the IMT, not the 12 subsequent cases (doctors, financiers,etc.) that the Americans tried at Nuremberg after the IMT concluded. Too bad, because Taylor was chief of counsel for those trials. He intended to write a second volume about them (at age 85, no less) but never did so.

If you know a lot about the IMT, this will give you new insights. If you will only read one book about the IMT, this is the one.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
You don't know the Nuremberg Trials until you read this book. 5 Jan. 2014
By E2Rose - Published on
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Mr. Taylor, one of several very bright individuals (attorney) who assisted at the first trial for the highest ranking Nazis who could be found and later as lead prosecutor during trials that followed, produced a flowing, broad account of the scramble to bring this event to the world and to terminate a dreadful and despised organization. Herein is a wealth of facts, observations and asides about the trial and the participants including the effort leading up to the trail to organize and produce the historical event. The awaited overview of the interrogation and rebuttal of each defendant comes later in the book. With so many players and five primary countries the narrative becomes a bit entangled and confusing in spots but nothing that slows the pace. To that point creating a list of the individuals as they appear would help to keep the record straight as the story advances. An unprecedented event such as this was not without regular pitfalls for the Allies, the Americans to a greater degree, which Mr.Taylor openly recalls. This is very much the story and not a technical rendition of the trial so proceedings, the exchanges between attorneys and judges, are easily understood. For those of casual interest the more than 700 pages will likely be excessive but if you are are looking for one entertaining, end to end treatment of this event, from the humanistic to the legal and political, you may not do better than this book. The one regret is that Mr. Taylor did not produce a similar account for later trials.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Detailed, well balanced, well written. 6 Jan. 2001
By michael mason - Published on
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This is quite a long book that gives a detailed exposition of the events of the initial 21 or so cases at Nuremberg. Taylor participated at a high level. He is a distinguished author and scholar.
This covers not only description of the cases, but gives insights into all the main personalities present, including Goering and Jackson. It is written nearly 50 years after the event, so interesting information on what happened in the years afterward is given as well.
Taylor writes well, gives his own opinions in a balanced way and does not back off from sensative issues. And they don't come much more sensative than this.
Strongly recommended.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An Update on the Author 4 July 1998
By Mike Geronime ( - Published on
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The author, Telford Taylor, died on May 23, 1998, at the age of 90. He was also the author of "Grand Inquest" (1955), which is regarded as one of the best challanges to the methods of Sen. McCarthey. In this, he traced back the history of congressional investigations to the 18th century. This "book was probably the most influential of the nine he wrote" {The Economist, May 30, 1998).
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A crime against humanity 17 Sept. 2012
By Marc Ranger - Published on
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This is a meticulous and comprehensive overview of the International Military Tribunal of Nuremberg from conception to long lasting consequences. Although the Nuremberg Trial wasn't the first attempt at judging war criminals (a surprise for me), it was the first who reached a successful final conclusion. Telford Taylor draws a frank, direct and complete analysis of the proceedings in which the defendants aren't the only point of focus.

The performances of the judges, lawyers and even researchers are scrutinized under a microscope in order to give the reader a clear picture of the whole enterprise.
The author also isn't shy of critics directed at his fellow Americans, as judge Francis Biddle and Justice Jackson in particular are on the receiving hand of some unpleasant but deserved observations.

Telford has to merit to keep an honest, clear head. For exemple, being asked on page 618 what he thought of the treatment of Rudolf Hess, all alone in a spacious prison for decades, Taylor states: "It's a crime against humanity".

That remark alone proves the authenticity and free will of the author.
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