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Scapegoats : thirteen victims of military injustice

Author: Michael Scott; Magnus Linklater
Publisher: London : Skyhorse Publishing, [2015] ©2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beginning with defining the scapegoat and examining the conditions needed to qualify, this book then shares a history that is full of tales of those who have been wrongly castigated in the rush to find a culprit; only later, sometimes much later, when the real truth comes out, is the scapegoat exonerated. Exposed here, the real stories behind the myths that allow the reader to make a balanced judgment on history's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Trials, litigation, etc
Cases
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Scott; Magnus Linklater
ISBN: 9781632204820 1632204827
OCLC Number: 890181228
Description: xiv, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Markus Linklater --
Introduction --
1. Captain Jahleel Brenton Carey: the killing of the Prince Imperial, June 1879 --
2. Captain Charles McVay: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, July 1945 --
3. Admiral John Byng, 'Pour encourager les autres', March 1757 --
4. Captain Alfred Dreyfus: J'accuse, October 1894 --
5. Lieutenant General James 'Pete' Longstreet --
6. Lance Corporal Robert Jesse Short: Mutiny at Étaples, October 1917 --
7. Major General Jackie Smyth VC MC: Disaster of the Sitting Bridge, February 1942 --
8. Lieutenant General Sir Charles Warren GCMG KCB: 'Scapegoat-in-Chief of the Army in South Africa', January 1900 --
9. Brigadier George Taylor DSO and Bar: The Battle of Maryang San, October 1951 --
10. Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bevan: Scapegoat of the Peninsula, July 1811 --
11. Marquis Joseph François Dupleix, Nawab of the Carnatic, August 1754 --
12. Lieutenant General David 'Dado' Eleazar: Atonement, October 1973 --
13. Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire OC CMM GOQ MSC CD: Massacre in Rwanda, April 1994.
Responsibility: Michael Scott ; foreword by Magnus Linklater.

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Beginning with defining the scapegoat and examining the conditions needed to qualify, this book then shares a history that is full of tales of those who have been wrongly castigated in the rush to find a culprit; only later, sometimes much later, when the real truth comes out, is the scapegoat exonerated. Exposed here, the real stories behind the myths that allow the reader to make a balanced judgment on history's fairness to the individual. From Admiral Byng, executed for "failing to do his utmost" in 1757, to General Elazar, held responsible for Israel's lack of preparation at the start of the Yom Kippur War, and General Dallaire, let down by the United Nations over the Rwanda massacres of 1994, these portraits of individuals unjustly accused span continents and centuries. This superbly researched book by a former professional soldier uncovers what might be termed the most disgraceful miscarriages of military justice.

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