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Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Hunting Eichmann How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi Author:Neal Bascomb When the Allies stormed Berlin in 1945, Adolf Eichmann, the operational manager of the Final Solution, shed his SS uniform and vanished. Bringing him to justice would require a harrowing fifteen-year chase stretching from war-ravaged Europe to the shores of Argentina. Hunting Eichmann follows the Nazi as he escapes two American POW camps,... more » hides out in the mountains, slips out of Europe on the ratlines, and builds an anonymous life in Buenos Aires.
Meanwhile, concentration camp survivor Simon Wiesenthal?s persistent search for the monster gradually evolves into an international manhunt that involves the Mossad, whose operatives have their own scores to settle. Presented in a pulse-pounding, hour-by-hour account, the capture of Eichmann and efforts by Israeli agents to smuggle him out of Argentina to stand trial bring the narrative to a stunning conclusion. Based on groundbreaking new information and interviews, recently declassified documents, and meticulous research, Hunting Eichmann is an authoritative, finely nuanced history that offers the intrigue of a detective story and the thrill of great spy fiction.« less
Bob M. reviewed Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi on
I appreciate books that open up a period of history that I previously knew little about. The great challenge with World War II, of course, is the vast amount of information that could be written on.
This book does a great job of detailing the search and capture of Adolf Eichmann, but does it without hype. It reads like an intrigue mystery. Of course, unlike a lot of intrigues, in this case the results were already known: It is common knowledge that Eichmann was caught. So Bacomb's detailed history of him from youth to the end of his life is excellent. It is almost like we are looking through a window at his life.
If it wasn't for the vast amount of reference notes in the back, I'd have to think he was making some of this stuff up! But it's not historical fiction or sensationalized truth (to make up for knowledge gaps); it's the whole truth put forth in a truly excellent way.