East West Street

East West Street

On the Origins of "genocide" and "crimes Against Humanity"

Book - 2016
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Discusses how the terms "genocide" and "crimes against humanity" entered the legal profession by discussing the lives of Rafael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2016
ISBN: 9780385350716
0385350716
Branch Call Number: 345.0251 S221e 2016
Characteristics: xii, 425 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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jr3083
Jan 13, 2018

I can’t speak highly enough of this book, which won the 2016 Baillie Gifford prize (the re-badged Samuel Johnson Prize). It draws together personal story-telling, historical narrative and legal analysis seamlessly, and is quite frankly, one of the best books I’ve read in ages.

See my complete review at:
https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/east-west-street-by-phillipe-sands/

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uncommonreader
Feb 28, 2017

This excellent book is part family memoir, part detective story, and mostly a history of the development of the modern concepts of international courts and accountability following WW II. It raises interesting questions about the ascendency of the idea of genocide. Highly recommended.

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Marc Dolgin
Nov 25, 2016

A compelling story and an impressive piece of research.

JestyH Aug 23, 2016

An extraordinary book. A tour de force of investigative journalism, history, legal scholarship and personal memoir. Sands impressed me both as a writer and as a human being. A must-read. I gave the book five stars but the library app doesn't reflect that.

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