Lincoln's Code : the laws of war in American history
John Fabian Witt
New York [etc.] : Free Press, 2012
VIII, 498 p.,  p. d'ill. et de photogr. ; 25 cm
The hidden story of the laws of war in the first century of the United States–and of the extraordinary code that emerged from it to change the course of world history. Lincoln’s Code is the story of an idea in American history: the idea that conduct in war can be regulated by law. For many, the very idea of a law for war has seemed like an oxymoron. But with sweep and vitality, this book unfolds the story of the cast of characters who invented the modern laws of war. Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin championed Enlightenment rules for civilized warfare.