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Michael Byers is the author of the story collection The Coast of Good Intentions a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award - and the novel Long for This World.
It's 1928. Alan Barber is in love with his best friend's girl. Clyde Tombaugh is stuck at home farming crops about as far from his dream of becoming an astronomer as is possible. But by 1930, Alan will be enthralled in his life's greatest romance, and Clyde will have made one of the most significant astronomical discoveries of the twentieth century.
The stories in The Coast of Good Intentions evoke the landscape of the Pacific North-west with impressive ease - crab factories, cranberry bogs, the fog-shrouded shore, the Seattle skyline. Here are ordinary lives in all their messy, unresolved glory.
International law governing the use of military force has been the subject of intense public debate. Under what conditions is it appropriate, or necessary, for a country to use force when diplomacy has failed? Michael Byers, a widely known world expert on international law, weighs these issues in War Law. Byers examines the history of armed conflict and international law through a series of case studies of past conflicts, ranging from the 1837 Caroline Incident to the abuse of detainees by U.S. forces at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Byers explores the legal controversies that surrounded the 1999 and 2001 interventions in Kosovo and Afghanistan and the 2003 war in Iraq; the development of international humanitarian law from the 1859 Battle of Solferino to the present; and the role of war crimes tribunals and the International Criminal Court. He also considers the unique influence of the United States in the evolution of this extremely controversial area of international law. War Law is neither a textbook nor a treatise, but a fascinating account of a highly controversial topic that is necessary reading for fans of military history and general readers alike.
The stories in 'The Coast of Good Intentions' evoke the landscape of the Pacific Northwest with impressive ease - crab factories, cranberry bogs, the fog-shrouded shore, the Seattle skyline. Here are ordinary lives in all their messy, unresolved glory.
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