Courtroom dramas have always consumed the public's attention. There is a certain high-stakes drama that takes place in the halls of justice. Ann and John Tusa have collaborated to capture those emotions in their historical study of The Nuremberg Trial. The Nuremberg Trial isn't some bland textbook; the Tusas' personable narration delivers to listeners the countless personal stories at the heart of one of history's most infamous court battles. A deft performance by Ralph Cosham only serves to accentuate the care Ann and John Tusa have taken in relaying the facts of Nuremberg with humanity and insight.
Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.
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“Fascinating… The Tusas’ book is one of the best accounts I have read.” (The New York Times)
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Ralph Cosham did a good job reading and did not intrude on the content
I found I needed to go back and read or listen again to other books to learn 'who is who'. And then do a Wikipedia search on the Trial and the Defendents.
(Shirer's Berlin Diary and Rise and Fall did convey the gut wrenching reactions of the time.)
Most interesting were the motivations of Judges and Lawyers involved compared to the Governments and politicians.
And to my thinking, a person only needs a genuine interest in the Second World War to find this book valuable.
I listened to this book immediately after my 2nd trip through William L. Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It was a very good complement, picking up the story of the Nazis that survived the war. But make no mistake, while Shirer's book is a reasonably thorough history of German politics from 1920-1945 at roughly 57 hours, this book is packed with a huge amount of detail, clocking in at almost 26 hours and covering the events of barely a year.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Ann Tusa and John Tusa have created a great piece of work on this subject. If you are a student of this period of history, you need to listen to this book. If you are a student of international law, then listen to this book. If you want to understand this period of history, then listen to this book. Ralph Cosham haunting voice really does justice to this book. This book covers the period, subject and opinions very well. It leaves for dead the movies and documentaries produced on the Nuremberg Trial.
I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.
I really enjoyed this read of the trials of the century. It was a little slow at points for those who aren't too familiar with lawyer jargon but the sections dealing with the courtroom and the prosecuted was by far the best parts and kept the book flowing fairly well.
Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.
I started out very impressed by the huge amount of research which would have gone into this book, and the detail which explains even the smallest aspect of these prosecutions. I am an avid reader of non-fiction and I was keen to know more about this monumental time in 20th century history. It started very well, with some excellent points about how similar crimes and criminals are dealt with nowadays. But as the book wore on, it became nothing more than a monotonous recounting of events by a monotonous narrator. There is possibly no more important topic so perhaps there is no room for niceties such as engaging writing style or examination of topics from a different angle to maintain interest and attention. Jurists and serious students may well find it worth the trouble, but I bailed out half way. There are much more interesting (audio)books on post-war Germany and de-Nazification.
There was one chapter on cryptography and I found it fascinating...
-attention to detail
-well paced and well written material
He lisps and sputters his way through his reading...
The interactions between the judges, the prosecution team, the defense team, and the defendants themselves are revealing.
The Nuremberg Trial is yet another book about events in Nazi Germany that feels it has to work very hard to convince you that the authors hate Nazis. It's both understandable, given the ever-insecure state of scholarship on the subject, and irritating because it feels a bit like being treated like a child. I enjoyed the book, but would have found myself far less critical of it, if it weren't full of hyperbolic mock-horror and disgust at the acts of the defendants. I'd be concerned that their other books are also wasting far too much time on overbearing, moralistic CYA.
Great reading. I would have liked more specifics about the cross-examinations.
As a history buff, anything about WW2 has always fascinated me. What were the people who committed these atrocities thinking? Well, in this well researched and thorough examination of the trial of these sad degenerate men's defense at the Wholly unprecedented Nurenmberg military tribunal, we get a look the precursor to the World Court. You get an in depth look at the thought process behind the trial, the idea that it couldn't just be a kangaroo court, but a real, fair judicial process that had a fair chance of aquittal if the charges couldnt be proven. You get a look at the personality of the judges and prosecutors, and the success and failures they had. IN fact, this tribunal actually had effects on national laws as well, and set precedents from every international criminal trial to come. This is a must read for any person interested in history. Ralph Cosham does an excellent job narrating in a cool, professional manner, especially when talking about some of the details of the atrocities.
"Old but Unbowed"
I first read this book a number of years ago when I was doing some research into post-war retribution in occupied Europe. Unless you wante to wade through the numerous transcripts of the Nuremberg Trials, this book will do the job for you by highlighting the main issues, personalities and dramas of that unique judicial occasion. This is a well-researched and fascinating book which gives the listener an insignt into the confused power play of some seriously flawed criminal characters inhabiting what was, in effect, a lunatic asylum. It also reveals some interesting information on those who participated in the trials from the judges to the prosecutors and the defence lawyers who must have realised that they faced an impossible job. THis is long book but well worth it if you want the unfolding drama of a legal trial with no precedents.
"Brings horrible history alive"
This book is very good. Ann and John Tusa are to be congratulated. I went to Germany at the age of 4 in 1946 for 2 years and can just remember what it was like for a young boy going to an Army school. The Tusa book reminded me of the prevailing atmosphere. My parents often talked of their times there, what it was like mixing with the Americans and other allies, comparing the NAAFI with the PX, etc. Although fraternisation was forbidden we had a German gardener with a son my age and I was soon speaking better German than my parents. In my early teens we returned for a visit with an Army family living in what had been a Nazi officers' barracks, very spacious and elegantly laid-out, and the houses were well-equipped. However, at one end of the barracks was a large underground bunker that had hooks in the ceiling and what looked like ancient blood on the floor. Nearby was Bergen-Belsen with its huge common graves.
The Tusas cover the trial and its build-up in great detail. The various characters (prosecution, defence, accused, witnesses, judiciary) are all brought to life, and the descriptions of the crimes are vivid without being bloodthirsty. The difficulties faced by and the tensions between the four allied powers are almost as interesting as their treatment of the accused, some of whom had incredible lines of defence. Although the end of the trial is known to all, this was still a gripping read. Or maybe it's just that I like lots of detail.
I have one criticism, and that is with Ralph Cosham's delivery: he swallows the last letter or syllable, sometimes the last word, of many sentences. Plurals become bafflingly singular because the 's' cannot be heard. I admit I do nearly all my listening in my car and it may be that Mr Cosham's volume-drop is not so bothersome in a silent ambience. In any case, this is really a minor quibble because Mr Cosham has a mellifluous voice and his delivery is otherwise excellent with an appropriate mid-Atlantic accent.
"Overly long, and overly dry"
Obviously this covers a fascinating time in history, with some of the most notorious war criminals in history on trial. However the book is overly technical, and far too long. It also seems more interested on covering the conditions in which the inmates were kept, rather than the crimes they committed.
To be frank, the authors desperately needed an editor, or perhaps an editor with more power to tell them what to do. This is simply too long winded to be an entertaining listen.
The reader sounds pretty sleepy for the most part, which doesn't help the dull nature of much of the text.
Normally I like a film to be as written, with zero changes. In this case though, the source is full of great material which the author ignored, and instead focussed on trivia.
There is surely a great book to be written about this period of history. This sadly, isn't it.
"Long, detailed, complex, heavy, legal,great !"
Such a necessary to be told story of justice for horrors. Very long and technically demanding as anon lawyer. Thought provking and makes you think while listening.Not a lighthearted read, just how I Like 'em.
this is a great in depth listen of the Nuremberg trials,great for any one with an interest in ww2
"A rather lengthy and uneven account"
The book was a solid account of the Nuremberg Trials let down by a narrator who sounded bored and uninterested. There were several structural problems in the book and it could have benefited from being a few hours shorter and more concise.
Strangely the author(s) don't run through the biographies of the defendants until the last chapter when this would have been much more helpful at the start of the book. We all know who many of the defendants were but some required some background reading on Wikipedia before you felt that you fully understood their role in the Third Reich.
Irritatingly the authors don't talk about what the defendants did after they left prison (for the ones who were not hanged and not given life imprisonment) Again you have to head to Wikipedia for that.
The hangings, especially if you disagree with death sentences
He is not a good narrator
"Just the right level of detail for and interested amateur"
Fascinating, full of context and thoughtfully written.
A wonderful book to sit back and appreciate the effort involved, the intellect deployed and the justifications achieved.
Good narrator, excellent detail history on the trials a fantastic addition to anyone's audiobook library
"Just the right amount of detail"
A thoroughly enjoyable audiobook, which was well read by Ralph Cosham. The book itself was fascinating, and it sometimes becomes hard to remember that the criminals you're hearing about committed horrific war crimes.
My only irritation, which I quickly got used to, was Ralph Cosham's tendency to drop "s" from the end of words, which resulted in plural words becoming singular.
It initially sounds like a dull reader, but he really brings an amazing gravitas to a compelling narrative. Loses one star simply because of bad editing, where some lines have been rerecorded they really stand out and break the flow. Otherwise superb.
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