The trial of the Japanese war leaders, by veteran Asia-hand Brackman, who covered the two-year-long affair. The judges, who took seven months to decide the fates of Tojo and others, were drawn from Japan's main enemies while the defense and prosecution consisted mostly of Americans. Before the tribunal convened, the political maneuverings were considerable as key questions were debated: Who to prosecute? How culpable was the Emperor? Various deals were worked out on the others, but General MacArthur did not want Hirohito tried (he saw such an act as making the Japanese both inconsolable and intractable after the war) and that was that. The Japanese had destroyed much of the evidence; thus the prosecution had to start from scratch, a monumental job. Whatever the legal basis for trying the leaders of a defeated nation, the millions killed as a result of its militarism and atrocities called out for retribution. For those who may have forgotten or never understood it, the author makes the wartime Japanese political scene come alive. The Japanese were formidable enemies, and though America's use of the atom bomb has tended to overshadow their ruthlessness, Brackman reminds us that it was a very real and proven fact. Culminating with an emotional and draining trial in which strong, driven men reveal complicated motivations, this book re-creates an important piece of history.