Telford Taylor, brilliant lawyer, scholar, chief war crimes prosecutor, even musician, but especially citizen, has written an important book about the law of war crimes and its relevance to Vietnam. In Nuremberg and Vietnam Taylor discusses in crisp but fervent style the history of the distinction between just and unjust wars as well as the generally accepted meanings of war crimes prior to the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials. He appears to define war crimes as those acts which are contrary to international law, e.g. treaties, or are in violation of either the military or civilian law of the perpetrator's own nation. Taylor's scholarly honesty shows through in the book, and his civic love for his country manifests itself in his analysis and the book's dedication "To the Flag and The Liberty and Justice For Which It Stantls."
Marcus G. Raskin
"Nuremberg and Vietnam: An American Tragedy, by Telford Taylor,"
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