||Joachim "Jochen" Peiper remains one of the most enigmatic figures of World War II. Rising through the ranks of the pre-war Waffen-SS, he fought on all fronts with the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler and spearheaded the German offensive during the Battle of the Bulge at age 28. The discovery of over a hundred dead American prisoners in the village of Malmedy along Peiper's line of advance after the Bulge battle eclipsed all of his other battlefield deeds, and led to Peiper forever being associated with the largest atrocity on the Western Front.Sentenced to death after the war, an investigation by no less than Joseph McCarthy into prosecutorial misconduct at his trial led to commutation of Peiper's sentence. Finally released after 16 years' imprisonment, Peiper's reputation continued to dog him for the remaining 15 years of his life. Drawing on European contacts and conversations with Peiper himself before his mysterious death in 1976, Charles Whiting reveals many details about Peiper's career and the Malmedy trial that are not widely known in the United States.