If I infer the purpose of the book from its title, Learning From the Germans, the author aims to teach Americans how to deal with a war crime they, as a society, committed, using Germans as role models.
The era in which the Germans perpetrated the Holocaust was WW2. What war crime, in that same era, did the U.S. commit?
Objectively, it was aerial bombardment of cities, culminating in dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.2
What is the U.S. response to its perpetration of those war crimes? Denial.
In the official narrative, they weren't war crimes because they saved the lives of American soldiers. For an author bent on teaching Americans something from the German experience, the American denial of its war crimes in WW2 and the consequent threat of its repetition created by that denial would have been a rich and relevant field of exploration.
Human slavery as practiced on antebellum Southern plantations cannot be revived and never presented a risk to the continuation of human civilization or the survival of the people of Africa. For a propaganda outlet like the NYT to put it on the same level as the Holocaust strongly suggests a state interest in pandering to African-Americans.
The final paragraph in the NYT's review is:
The history wars shape far more than how we remember the past. They shape the societies we bequeath to future generations. Susan Neiman’s book is an important and welcome weapon in that battle.
By failing to acknowledge its WW2 war crimes and by the perpetuation of that failure by the author and the reviewer, the latter are complicit in creating a situation where there may be very little left to "bequeath to future generations."
After missing the gorilla in the room, the reviewer actually asserts that the book "is an important and welcome weapon."
In an earlier post to this website, it was stated that "Stupidity is the HIV of infected intellectuals."
If book authors and their reviewers can be considered to be intellectuals, these two are case studies.
2. Eric Markusen and David Kopf, "The Holocaust and Strategic Bombing," p. 255, Westview Press, (1995).
"Having reviewed important differences and similarities between the Holocaust, as a quintessential example of genocide and strategic bombing, we now have reached the point where we must state our answer to the question, Was strategic bombing genocidal? Put bluntly, our answer is yes, it was."