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Lincoln’s Code wins Bancroft Prize

Columbia University’s trustees have selected Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History by John Fabian Witt as a co-recipient of this year’s prestigious Bancroft Prize.  The other winner is W. Jeffrey Bolster’s The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail.

This blog featured a review of Witt’s book last fall.

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Lincoln and the laws of war

Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History by John Fabian Witt, hits bookstore shelves in a few days.  Eric Posner considers the legal and moral implications (and ambiguities) of Lincoln’s conduct of the Civil War in a piece at Slate.com.

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