The United States helped establish the international principles guiding the prosecution of war crimes - starting with the Nuremberg tribunal following World War II, when Nazi officials were held accountable for their crimes against humanity. But American government and legal system have consistently refused to apply these same principles to our own officials. Now Rebecca Gordon takes on the explosive task of 'indicting' the officials who - in a just society - should be put on trial for war crimes. Some might dismiss this as a symbolic exercise. But what is at stake here is the very soul of the nation.--From summary of book.