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Nuremberg: The Reckoning

Book Review

 

Title:

Nuremberg the Reckoning

Author:

William F. Buckley Jr.

Publisher:

Harcourt Inc, New  York, NY

ISBN:

0-15-100679-2

Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

May, 2002

Rating:

William F. Buckley, Jr. fashions fiction from fact in his new novel, Nuremberg: The Reckoning. This is a hardbound novel of about 350 pages.

Get more information about Nuremberg The Reckoning at Amazon.comNuremberg  tells the story of the famous war crime tribunal as witnessed by Sebastian Reinhard,  a young United States Army officer with an American mother and German father.  Raised as a child in pre-war Germany, he escapes by ship with his mother just before the onset of hostilities, while he has just become a teenager. His father must stay behind because the Nazi government learns a terrible secret he has been hiding and forces him to do their evil bidding.

Sebastian hates the Nazi Germans more and more as time goes on and joins the  U.S. Army to get his revenge. After training as an officer, he is ordered to  Germany as an interpreter for the prosecution at the trials. As the story is being told, the actual events are interspersed with the fictional story, so one has trouble telling fact from story line.

This fictional novel is interesting and well-written with much attention paid  to the actual people involved in the trail on all sides and the interaction of the judges with their own political priorities. The characters are developed nicely, with both real and fictional characters well described to the reader.  The story is interesting and rich with details, yet doesn't get the reader bogged down with unnecessary story lines.

Any reader of World War II era fiction will find this novel interesting with at least a few surprises even when the verdicts are known. The author successfully  uses this vehicle to give the reader a more personal view of history, war, and  the consequences of defeat on the battlefield.

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