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Mengele: The Complete Story

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Based on exclusive and unrestricted access to more than 5,000 pages of personal writings and family photos, this definitive biography of German physician and SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Josef Mengele (1911-1979) probes the personality and motivations of Auschwitz's "Angel of Death." From May 1943 through January 1945, Mengele selected who would be gassed immediately, who would be ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 8th 2000 by Cooper Square Publishers (first published January 1st 1980)
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This isn't a straight-up biography. The authors spend one chapter on Mengele's life before Auschwitz, and one (albeit very detailed and horrific) chapter on his activities in Auschwitz, and the rest on his life as a fugitive and the decades-long hunt for him. I was deeply distressed by how many near-misses there were, how many times they could have caught him and didn't. It's no consolation that he was lonely and miserable most of his time in South America.

If you want to know the details of Meng
Tatyana Fisher
Feb 14, 2013 Tatyana Fisher rated it it was amazing
This is perhaps the most researched book ever on Josef Mengele. Very thorough, step-by-step description of Mengele's post-war activities and multiple attempts to bring him to justice. I was not entirely suprised that Rolf Mengele decided not to openly denounce his father, unlike several other Nazi leaders' children. The pressure of his family must have been tremendous. Still, it would be interesting to see if his views have changed now in 2012. It would be a pity to see yet another Nazi offsprin ...more
Shauna Croak-Falen
Jul 22, 2015 Shauna Croak-Falen rated it liked it
The information was very detailed, which I found a bit dry for the most part. I chose to read this book to get a German perspective, but felt I was reading a textbook at times. Hard to stay engaged. Fascinating to read about the denial the family had and the endless help Mengele received after going into hiding.
David Bales
Jul 06, 2013 David Bales rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Chilling, exhaustive and thorough, Gerald Posner again hits a home run with his disposal of the Mengele mystery, the life and times of the "Angel of Death", the infamous camp doctor of Auschwitz. He give a history of Mengele's brief medical career--a brilliant young doctor becomes enraptured with the Nazis and joins the SS--later becoming a sadistic experimenter on camp inmates, especially twins, etc.; the tales of his actions at Auschwitz are difficult to read or comprehend, but what reads as a ...more
Dec 04, 2010 Joyce rated it really liked it
The complaint I have read in other reviews of this book was that there was only one chapter devoted to his time in Auschwitz. However, I found that one chapter very horrific and detailed and difficult to get through. Most of the book focuses on his life as a fugitive and the years of hunting for him. It was shocking how many times he was almost discovered. I must agree though that it is no consolation that he was lonely and miserable most of his time in South America. I would definitely recommen ...more
Simon Zohhadi
Mar 19, 2017 Simon Zohhadi rated it it was amazing
Just completed reading Mengele The Complete Story by Posner and Ware. The book is more about Mengele's escape from capture and his life on the run, initially in Germany and then in South America where he lived until his death. What this fascinating account tells us is that Mengele should have been caught (and subsequently put on trial) for his evil crimes at Auschwitz. All along, his family at Gunzburg were the key to his capture. It was also known to all, that Mengele was living in Argentina, P ...more
Martin Lagrange
Jun 26, 2017 Martin Lagrange rated it it was amazing
This book gives great insight in the hidden life of Mengele. It is beautifully written with tons of perspectives from different angles. I've felt disgusted with such a heartless person, but then this book also embrases the human sight of Mengele and one could almost feel sorry for him.
I truly recommend this book the whomever is interested in the life of the angel of death!
Jonah Miller
Nov 21, 2016 Jonah Miller rated it it was amazing
The Authors purpose in writing this book is to inform. This is the authors purpose in writings this book because he is informing his readers with information on the history of Josef Mengele. The main point in this book is the man Josef Mengele, who is a Nazi war criminal and his story talks about what he did during WWII. This book only shows details of what happened during WWII and does not over exaggerate Joseph's story, but to tell it in the most simple way possible, by just stating facts abou ...more
Andy Hiscocks
Very fun read
Michael Taylor
Mar 01, 2015 Michael Taylor rated it really liked it
This book, Mengele-The Complete Story, was written by the authors to provide a full-life account of the monster Josef Mengele. They dedicated the book to all of his victims. The purpose of this book is to finally reveal the secrets of Josef Mengele and explain how he eluded capture for over 30 years. They delve into his mental states, travels, assumed identities, family and protectors.
The theme of this book is the uncovering of the truth. Dr Josef Mengele was possibly the most notorious Nazi SS
Scott Head
Jul 14, 2016 Scott Head rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shoah-holocaust
I read this book many years ago when it was new, but re-visited it with new eyes and a better understanding after I had read some other works that mentioned Dr. Mengele. Gerald L. Posner has researched and painstakingly uncovered a virtual moment-by-moment expose of the life of this wicked but complex man; it is the most accurate and detailed look at Mengele to date. He is quite a fascinating character, a demonic and deceptive man. Mengele’s own son and some of his family members have contribute ...more
Kaeley Little
Oct 03, 2013 Kaeley Little rated it really liked it
The author's purpose for writing "Mengele" was to explain Joseph Mengle's life and the events that occurred during it. The authors Gerald L. Posner and John Ware went into great detail of Mengele's life.
The theme of the book was not directly stated, but I believe the theme of the book is to never take life for granite. In "Mengele" Dr. Joseph Mengele took people’s lives for no particular reason. I think that we need to be more thankful for our countries freedom and protection.
The style of the
Brad H
Jul 22, 2012 Brad H rated it really liked it
The one glaring problem with this book is that it was written and told after his death.
There was only 1 chapter devoted to his time in Auschwitz and the horrific nature of things he did there. Im not saying that I wanted to read his personal diaries or anything I don't think anybody with any kind of soul could endure that. But, there should have been a little more detail given to that time.

There was 1 chapter given to his time prior to being the "Angel of Death" wich does give you some insight a
Savannah Renken
Oct 02, 2014 Savannah Renken rated it really liked it
Mengele: The Complete Story is a fascinating biography of Mengele's life on the run and the multiple efforts to arrest him.
The author's purpose of writing this book was to inform. This book was a well-researched study. The authors provided the most complete portrait of Josef Mengele that I have ever read.
The theme of Mengele: The Complete Story was never blankly stated. From my standpoint I believe it was for us to be thankful for our lives and realize how truly lucky we are, that we were not
Apr 02, 2008 Jeb rated it liked it
It's almost impossible for a straight-up biography of someone often purported to be one of the most evil men ever, especially when most of his life was spent hidden away in various locations in South America with truth and fiction constantly fighting for attention.

In Mengele: The Complete Story, we are at first given a rather rushed and somewhat sloppy account of Josef Mengele's time spent in Auschwitz. History is written by the winners, so it's inevitable that facts get a bit murky. The book's
Ronda Emele sherwood
May 25, 2014 Ronda Emele sherwood rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book. And highly frustrating. The murderer, Mengele, was not hidden very well. With a little cooperation between countries he could have been found and brought to trial years before he died. The only positive thing was that his 'life on the run' sucked for him. But it didn't suck enough. There was no justice. I think this book seems unbiased (to the extent that one can be unbiased about horrendous atrocities) and well researched. It was written only about a year after ...more
William Irvine
Nov 04, 2016 William Irvine rated it really liked it
How WWII's most heinous war criminal was never brought to justice beggars belief. Nevertheless this authoritative and well-researched work helped me to understand how. In doing so, it also taught me much about the fascinating history of West Germany in the post-war years - also of those Latin American countries that played host to Nazi war criminals during the same period. However, the prime reason I read this book was to try to gain insight into the mind of a man capable of the most extraordina ...more
Mar 02, 2010 Marnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was quite good. It took me awhile to get throught this one. The novel drags on after awhile about how the authorities were trying to capture him. And of course, they were unsuccessful. I definitely thought this book would have gone into more detail of his life in Germany and in S. America then on the focus of him being wanted by authorities all over the world for his crimes. While the horrific things this man did can never be accepted, he was a brilliant man in the long run.
Aug 30, 2007 Tammy rated it really liked it
Awesome book! I would have given it a 5 but I feel like there wasn't enough time spent on his time in Auschwitz. It's only one chapter in the entire book! The bulk of the book is about what takes place with him after he leaves the camp. It was still a really great book but I thought it might have more info from people who knew him at Auschwitz and the stories they'd have about him. Still, it's a great read!
Martijn Hartman-maatman
Jul 29, 2014 Martijn Hartman-maatman rated it it was amazing
A great read and a fascinating insight in one of the most evil men that ever lived. From birth to the shocking events in a WW2 concentration camp and finally the hunt for justice.

This book is one that everyone has to read, if only to make sure it never happens again....
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The sickest man in the world, read about the Angel of Death how he gave his favorite twins candy then turned around & experimented on those poor kids, painful, unnecessary absurd operations from a sick horror real life mind. Read it.
Feb 23, 2015 Kathi rated it liked it
Another book where I can't say that I like it because the man is a monster but I wanted to read it to find out how he was tracked down in South America. I haven't got that far yet but what I have read so far is sickening and I am skipping through some of the Auschwitz information because of that.
Erik Graff
Jul 08, 2013 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nazi fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
Very little of this book is about the young or SS Mengele--just enough to establish him as criminal. Most concerns his long life after the war, with excurses into the occasional, unsuccessful attempts to track him down and, finally, to establish the identity of his corpse.
Jun 25, 2009 Jake rated it really liked it
This is a wrenching read. I highly recommend it.
Nov 01, 2016 I'Mdoggo rated it it was amazing
was a doctor of Nazi Germany to cruel experiments on humans was nicknamed "angel of death"
Suzanne Fitzgerald
Great book

Very interesting and compelling. Not a dull moment and easy to read. I found it hard to put down. I recommend it to all wwll buffs.
Neal Wetmore
Nov 25, 2013 Neal Wetmore rated it liked it
Interesting story but a slow read.
Virgil S.
Nov 29, 2010 Virgil S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great read. Had lots of good information about Mengele and interesting journal excerpts. It just could have nixed some of the passages about Simon Wiesenthal's posturing.
Oct 08, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it
Wow! Really terrible.
Shanna Saffrin
Apr 26, 2016 Shanna Saffrin rated it it was ok
It was an interesting and detailed story of Josef Mengele. But I really had to push my way thru to get it read.
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Gerald Posner is an award winning journalist, bestselling author and attorney. The Los Angeles Times dubs him "a classic-style investigative journalist." "His work is painstakingly honest journalism" concluded The Washington Post. The New York Times lauded his "exhaustive research techniques" and The Boston Globe talked of Posner's "thorough and hard-edge investigation." "A meticulous and serious ...more
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