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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
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Published August 8th 2000 by Cooper Square Publishers (first published January 1st 1980)
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David Bales
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
Meaghan
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.

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Joyce
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
Tatyana Fisher
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
Michael Taylor
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
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Savannah Renken
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
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Ronda Emele sherwood
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
Brad H
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
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Kaeley Little
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
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Jeb
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
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Martijn Hartman-maatman
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....
Marnie
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.
Suzanne Closette
It's not easy to read it, but it's definitely worth it!
Tammy
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!
Kathi
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 19, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Evez Beadz
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.
Virgil S.
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.
Jake
This is a wrenching read. I highly recommend it.
Neal Wetmore
Interesting story but a slow read.
Rachel
Wow! Really terrible.
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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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