Nuremberg: The Reckoning (Hardcover)

The Reckoning

By William F. Jr. Buckley

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151006793, 384pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2002



Nuremberg's Palace of Justice, 1945:
the scene of a trial without precedent in history, a trial that continues to haunt the modern world. Leading the reader into the Palace is Sebastian, a young German-American whose fate is to be intimately involved with the lives and deaths of others: the father who disappeared mysteriously, the ancestors whose stories become vitally relevant, and some of the towering figures of twentieth-century legal history, including Justice Robert Jackson, Albert Speer, Hermann Goering, and the dark, untried shadow of Adolf Hitler. In a gripping account of warmakers who must face the consequences of their actions, Nuremberg: The Reckoning flows through Warsaw, Berlin, Lodz, Munich, Hamburg, and finally Nuremberg, as Sebastian, an interpreter-interrogator, comes to terms with his family legacy and his national identity. With his customary authority and audacity, William F. Buckley Jr. has taken a pivotal moment in history and shaped it into absorbing and original fiction. The result is a riveting novel of insight and deep understanding exploring the characters and issues that made history.

Praise For Nuremberg: The Reckoning


"The ultimate in spy novels--with real characters and studied speculation on certain events by Buckley, who met many of the key players--this is a tense, heroic tale of a real Cold War legend."--The New York Daily News
"Spytime is a quiet-time read for those who like their espionage erudite and their intelligence intelligent."--USA Today

PRAISE FOR William F. Buckley Jr.'s Blackford Oakes novels:
"Mr. Buckley's prose surpasses its usual self in wit and elegance. The Oakes-Guevara debates are lively, and through them Guevara develops into a surprisingly rich and at times sympathetic character."--The New York Times
"Well-paced entertainment."--Time
"Once again, Buckley writes an intriguing entertainment; serious political issues of the Cold War fuel the adventure, yet that earnestness is leavened with high good humor."--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
"The suspense is keen and complicated."--The Wall Street Journal
"It's a tribute to Buckley's storytelling abilities that our interest never flags even though history has told us how the story will end."--Newsday