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.
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.
-attention to detail
-well paced and well written material
He lisps and sputters his way through his reading...
If you are really, REALLY interested in the history of WWII, this is a necessary read. Otherwise be prepared to be bored.
How about Judy Garland?
Im going to keep this review kind of short because the main problem with this book is that for half of the book, it is totally boring. The overall history of the trial is presented with way too much useless information. Just when the book actually gets interesting and you feel the story taking on speed, the author feels compelled to ruin, it. Then it gets going again and again it hits a brick wall.
There is alot of information presented here and the history buff, if he can plow through it, might enjoy this book more then I did.
"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.
"The title is accurate, but I did expect more"
Containing exactly what it says on the tin, this book is very much on the organisation and technicalities of the trial itself but in very little on the horrific crimes or their possible lessons.
The book covers in meticulous detail how the court was set up, the different motives on the part of contributing nations etc., how different lawyers interacted and chose to present their cases. However, I must admit I found the book unengaging. If I had been a lawyer about to join an international was tribunal I may possibly have seen it very differently, but that is not my situation.
Technically, the recording of the narration seems to have been done under very different conditions, so as to make me question whether it was in fact narrated by the same person. Occasionally only a few lines, at others times longer parts of the book were noticably of a different sound quality or ambience.
Meticulous, detailed, and probably sincere and serious, this book to me was dour and unengaging. I hope others will benefit more.
"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.
"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
loved it to the core.Thanks to audible,i would suggest this to all my familyt n friends
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