This volume offers a history of one of the most important issues of our age. It begins with an analysis of the characters of Adolf Eichmann and Heinrich Himmler, the two men in charge of “the Final Solution”. It moves on to look at the role played by some of Africa’s war criminals and also offers portraits of alleged war criminals from the Western world, including the self-confessed war criminal Robert McNamara who led the war in Vietnam on behalf of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. The book also tracks the wars and genocide in, and subsequent international criminal law trials relating to Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia. In a final chapter, it asks the question: can human rights be pursued by making war?
Jonathan Power was educated at the universities of London, Manchester and Wisconsin. He worked in Tanzania, living in a local village. Later he worked on the staff of Martin Luther King during his first northern civil rights campaign, living in the West Side slum of Chicago. He has been a foreign affairs columnist for the
International Herald Tribune for 17 years. He has also been a special guest columnist for the
New York Times and the
Washington Post. Over 20 years he has written many long articles for the UK’s two leading intellectual magazines,
Prospect. He has made many television and radio documentaries for the BBC, and in 1972 won the silver medal at the Venice Film Festival. He is the author of seven previous books. William Pfaff, one of America’s leading commentator on foreign affairs, wrote of his last book,
Conundrums of Humanity – The Big Foreign Policy Questions of Our Day, that it was “worth the Nobel Prize”. Jonathan Power is listed in Who’s Who.