Smith, Bradley.


1st ed., 1977. Xviii + 349 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Until this book, the layman had no guide to the behind-the-scenes reality of the Nuremberg Trials – why and how they were initiated, how defendants were chosen, how the charges were formulated. And little has been known about the central players in the drama, the judges, whose deliberations, arguments and personal feelings have been hidden from history. Basing his narrative on hitherto unused documents, especially the detailed diaries of Francis Biddle, the chief American judge, Professor Smith is able to show us how the judges worked, how the feelings, experience and background of each man contributed to their decisions. An important study.

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