Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Bancroft Prize Winner

ABA Silver Gavel Award Winner

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In the closing days of 1862, just three weeks before Emancipation, the administration of Abraham Lincoln commissioned a code setting forth the laws of war for US armies. It announced standards of conduct in wartime—concerning torture, prisoners of war, civilians, spies, and slaves—that shaped the course of the Civil War. By the twentieth century,… (more)

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“Every generation,” Witt writes, “has its law-of-war crisis.” This monumental book, resting on colossal archival research and packed with memorable stories and arguments, is a major contribution to making sense of ours.


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Publisher: Free Press (August 13, 2012)

Collection: Free Press

Parent ISBN: 9781416576174

Page count: 512 pages

File size: 24.9 MB

Language: English


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