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.
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.
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...
It is too bad the authors were so biased against all the prosecutors other than the British team. The book was well researched and gave great insights into the defendents, but lost credibility with the extreme bias. The French and Russian teams were all but ignored, the American team was denigrated as a bunch of incompetents. Only the British were shown in a favorable light. The book was well read.
This is a well read, well researched, and important work about a trial that still shapes our ethical lives. The Nuremberg trials attempted to get justice after the Nazi party tried to destroy justice.
not based on this book.
This is more about how a trial comes together and how lawyers work. Very little about the crimes and the criminals. Anything about the subjects is lost in legal talk and irrelevant details and adjectives.
Will not listen to any more of his. Too mono tone. He doesn't pronounce "S"'s very well. Sounds like he has a lisp which makes it hard to listen to. Lost interest early on and just started to skip forward. Maybe it was the book also.
Title. Subject. Potential.
Love this era. Have listened to many wwII books but this was like the Stalin book I listened to. Way to many irrelevant adjectives. They just stretched out the book without adding anything to the story. Maybe an abridged version would have been better. Overall the narrator nearly put me to sleep.
Clean up the spelling errors and eliminate the differences between the spoken and written versions.
I do not know the nationality of the authors but they obviously we're not favourable disposed to Justice Jackson's cross but found the British capabilities exemplary. Not having read the research material I have no way of knowing if this was justified.
From time to time Mr Cosham seemed to change the tone of his voice and this was a bit distracting. I probably would listen again, it was not an unpleasant experience.
I would read and listen for about 70% of the book but found that I preferred to just read the final two chapters.
All in all it was a good narrative of the trial and the preparations. It did not deal with the extended implications of the outcome on world geopolitical conditions but that would obviously have taken much more time.
I like classic sf/fantasy best, but urban fantasy a'la Butcher & The Hollows hits a place, too. I own 4 cats, 3 Bengals & a stray I adopted.
The book's content tackles a complex subject adequately, but doesn't really add much for those already versed. The narrator unnecessarily complicates matters by having a nearly "slushy" speech impediment, and inflection that falls off so much at the end of many many sentences that the last word is nearly inaudible.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
This is a great story and even that is all 100% fact. Helps put character and personality to some of the most infamous names in modern history . The rather flat and slow tempo of narration can be a bit conducive to sleep so suggest short bursts / chapters but it is worth it -
"Intense and Interesting"
A very detailed history, as a person who only knew a little about the Nuremberg trials I was hoping for a solid history and I got it. It gives a full impression of the defendants and their protagonists. Not an easy listen but definitely a worthwhile one. I will come back at a future date to listen again.
Could only be of interest to an academic of of the subject. Sounds like someone reading a list of ingredients
"Excellent coverage of a historic event"
Was the Nuremberg trial of Nazi leadership merely 'victor's justice' of was it an attempt to base line international law against war crimes by rogue nations? I think this book has proven that the whole exercise was designed to portray some level of impartial justice by the victorious Allies and to establish a moral high ground for generations to come. Subsequent world events have proven that the freedom to be right belongs only to the West, leaving the rest of the world opinion as mere noise. So the West decides when revolutionaries become terrorists, and what cartoons are deemed offensive.
This very important detailed coverage has also highlighted how cooperation between diverse cultures was pivotal in dispensing justice. This cooperation on principles is another critical reason why the Allies were able to subdue the Germans. Also the abundant amount of resources at the disposal of Americans was the main reason why the defeated Germans preferred them over miserly Russians.
"I appreciated the attention to detail."
A kangaroo court or a genuine expression of the fair judicial process. You decide. I don't know.
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