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Lincoln's Code: The Laws Of War In American History (2012)

by John Fabian Witt(Favorite Author)
3.75 of 5 Votes: 3
1416569839 (ISBN13: 9781416569831)
Free Press
review 1: Facinating examination of the evolution of American legal thought on warfare. Witt provides ample context for the actions of the Lincoln Administration with his examination of war in the first eight decades of the American Republic. He does an excellent job of exploring the idea that 'total war' is more humane due to a quicker and more lasting outcome than that fought under a set of arbitrary rules. This book touches on two of my favorite areas, the evolution of justifying conflict and the demystification of American History.
review 2: An excellent and timely book. It is important to see how we came to be who we are and where we are interns of the laws of warfare, and good to be reminded that the conflicts we face are neither new nor insurmountable. War is hell
... more, but if it is to be fought, it ought to be constrained and regulated. No body of law will ever make it less than he'll, but it can perhaps make it a little less hellacious in the way that peoples fight. less
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An absolute must-read! Very well written and highly informative. I definitely recommend this text!
Best study of the laws of war in Lincoln's policy yet.
Was okay, very dry.
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