An American Story
When does the waging of war become a criminal act? And who is in a position to judge? Ranging from the American Indian wars to the Civil War to World War I, and culminating with the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials following the Second World War, Peter Maguire provides much-needed historical perspective on the crucial and ever more urgent issues of war and justice. His examples illustrate the gradations of political justice and the perpetual redefinition of war crimes across three continents and more than a century of American foreign policy.
[An] intriguing historical analysis.
A 'must read' book for all those interested in international criminal law, war crimes, and war crime trials.
Outstanding... impressive... this is a terrific book.
Michael R. Belknap, University of California, San Diego
Peter Black, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Introduction1. Law and War: An American Story2. The Changing Rules of War and Peace3. The American War Crimes Program4. Shifting Priorities5. Nuremberg: A Cold War Conflict of Interest6. The War Criminals and the Restoration of West German SovereigntyConclusionGlossary