East West Street

East West Street

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

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"A ... personal detective story, an uncovering of secret pasts, and a book that explores the creation and development of world-changing legal concepts that came about as a result of the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler's Third Reich. East West Street looks at the personal and intellectual evolution of the two men who simultaneously originated the ideas of "genocide" and crimes against humanity," both of whom not knowing the other, studied at the same university with the same professor, in a city little know today that was a major cultural center of Europe, "the little Paris of Ukraine," a city variously called Lemberg, Lwów, Lvov, or Lviv... Sands... realized that his own field of international law had been forged by two men--Rafael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht--each of whom had studied law at Lviv University in the city of his grandfather's birth, each of whom had come to be considered the finest international legal mind of the twentieth century, each considered to be the father of the modern human rights movement, and each, at parallel times, forging diametrically opposite, revolutionary concepts of humanitarian law that had changed the world. "--
Published: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385350716
0385350716
Branch Call Number: 345.0251 SAN
Characteristics: xii, 425 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,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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