I have read several books on different aspects of the Nuremberg Trials. Each one covered a different aspect or group involved. The Nuremberg Trials: The Nazis brought to justice by Alexander Macdonald was an excellent overview. The book did a wonderful job of explaining how revolutionary the trials themselves were. Genocide was a new word. Although it had happened before in history, the perpetrators had never been held accountable.
Macdonald introduces the personalities on both sides of the dock. He introduces the individual Nazis and what they were charged with. He also introduces the lawyers and judges. The book then leads the reader through the trials itself and the reactions of the defendants and others in the courtroom to the evidence.
The book ends with the sentencing and continues onto the similar trials in the Pacific. The lasting effects of the trials are still with us. Nuremberg was important for many reasons and Macdonald does touch on them all. If you are unfamiliar with Nuremberg, this book is a wonderful introduction. If you have already have studied Nuremberg, Macdonald’s book is a terrific way to pull all the pieces together.
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