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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William F. Buckley Narrator: Stuart Langton Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781455180462
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Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice, 1945, was the scene of a trial without precedent in history, a trial that continues to haunt the modern world. With his customary authority and audacity, William F. Buckley, Jr., has taken a pivotal moment in history and shaped it into a novel of riveting insight and understanding.

Leading the listener into the palace is interpreter-interrogator Sebastian, a young German-American whose fate is entwined with the lives and deaths of some towering figures of twentieth-century history, including Hermann Goering and Adolf Hitler. In a gripping account of war makers who must face the consequences of their actions, Nuremberg: The Reckoning flows through Warsaw, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and finally Nuremberg, as Sebastian comes to terms with his family legacy and his national identity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Buckley] presents the trials as something beyond ordinary politics.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Inventive and absorbing.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Within the flexible boundaries of a novel that has substance, style, and a firm grip on the plot, Buckley has fashioned a story of action against a real historical background.”

    Library Journal

  • “Buckley displays his unmatched talent for fictionalizing key historical moments in this masterful account of the infamous trials…Considering the complexities of the subject matter, Buckley manages to tell a fast-paced coming-of-age story set against the darkest of backdrops.”

    Booklist

  • “Driven by an illuminating synergy of fact and fiction…Buckley’s superbly researched novel drops us squarely into a thicket of ideas, arguments, and reportage, while grounding our emotions in the Reinhards’ collectively compelling story.”

    Amazon.com

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan Ziegaus | 9/18/2012

    " It was ok, but why did the author have to invent a war criminal who never existed who was in charge of a death camp that never existed and then throw both into the Nuremgberg trial. I thought he could have used one of the real war criminals as a foil in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenton | 8/8/2012

    " Part history, part historical fiction. A good introduction to the post-war Nazi trials, but I'm not sure why Buckley added the fictional characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/5/2012

    " Fascinating era..but poor writng by Buckley. should have been better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 3/22/2012

    " Simple but interesting historical novel about the famed Nazi trials at Nuremberg. Buckley, as usual, is verbose and sometimes vague. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 7/1/2010

    " This book is a double bonus--the reader gets to learn about the book's subject and its author, who just happen to be the two greatest political figures of our time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 6/24/2010

    " This book, using a lot of correspondence between William Buckley, and Ronald and Nancy Reagan, gives a different perspective on Ronald and Nancy than in other biographies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacki | 11/7/2009

    " Fantastic and heartfelt; the correspondence between WFB and RR/NR dating back to the 1960s is endearing and witty splashed with elements of historical note. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 9/7/2009

    " After Bill Buckley's death, I went back to this book. Great writing on all things Rondald Reagan with the with of Buckley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 11/9/2008

    " I picked this up on a lark, and the personal stories WFB tells are very insightful regarding the overall intelligence of Ronald Reagan. Also, I was surprised by the depth of feeling he has for Nancy Reagan. Very entertaining for a short read. "

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About the Author

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925–2008)—a syndicated columnist, author, editor, television host, and adventurer—was the founder of National Review and the host of the Emmy Award–winning Firing Line, the longest-running public affairs program in television history with a single host. Buckley was the award-winning author of many bestsellers, starting with God and Man at Yale.

About the Narrator

Stuart Langton is an award-winning theater, film, and television actor. He has been an audiobook narrator for more than ten years. He lives in New York City.