A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. After the Second World War, the Nuremberg Tribunal became a symbol of justice in the face of tyranny, aggression and atrocity. But it was only a fragment of retribution as, with their Allies, the British embarked on the largest programme of war crimes investigations and trials in history. This book exposes the deeper truth of this endeavour, moving from the scripted trial of Goering, Hess and von Ribbentrop to the makeshift courtrooms where the SS officers, guards and executioners were prosecuted. It tells the story of the investigators, lawyers and perpetrators and asks the question: was justice done?
"[An] earnest, unsettling book... Williams is a thoughtful, lucid writer, with a lawyer's appetite for detail... A Passing Fury is heartfelt, moving and often powerfully written." -- Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times "Williams... carries the reader along in his fluent and passionate prose" -- Richard J. Evans Guardian "A haunting, sensitive and thoughtful study" -- Nigel Jones Daily Telegraph "Absorbing... Williams skilfully reveals a chaotic world in which war crimes investigation teams, generally lacking even the most basic resources, were left to do their best in extremely trying circumstances" Scotsman "Williams has put together an original polemic against our assumptions about these trials, including those at Nuremberg." -- David Herman New Statesman
A. T. Williams won the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing in 2013 for his book A Very British Killing: The Death of Baha Mousa. He lives in Warwickshire.