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Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi. Neal Bascomb

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Written using archival research and interviews with those involved, this is the story of the most dramatic and significant of all Nazi man-hunts: the global hunt and capture, in 1960, of Adolf Eichmann, operational manager of the gas-chamber genocides.
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Quercus Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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I don't read nearly as much nonfiction as I would like, but this book just appeared by pure happenstance and sounded too interesting not to check out. As it turns out I'd read a lot more nonfiction, if more nonfiction books were like this. Meticulously researched (notes and the bibliography list goes on and on), terrifically told with all the dynamic pacing and heart pumping excitement and suspense of the best of thrillers, but made so much more interesting and compelling by the fact that it act ...more
Mike Knox
An intense tale of the quest to bring Adolf Eichmann, the operational manager of the Final Solution, to justice.

Made me think of what a great thing it is that Christ will bring the world to justice. All oppressors will be justly dealt with; all innocent suffers will be vindicated.

Contains a powerful quote from Robert Jackson, the lead American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trial. In his opening statement he said:

The privilege of opening the first trial in history for crimes against the peace of th
HUNTING EICHMANN. (2009). Neal Bascomb. ****.
This is a well-written and focused exploration of how Eichmann was located, hunted down, and captured by the Israelis from his hideout in Argentina. After a short overview of Eichmann’s personal history while growing up and then to his career within Hitler’s Third Reich, the story directs its attention to the planning involved in his capture and subsequent transport to Israel. Although most of us of a certain age remember the headlines of the period,
Trev Twinem
Hunting Eichmann is an edge of the seat tense adventure story, and made all the more exciting when you realize that this is a true account of the life and eventual death of a notorious nazi killer. There is no more greater satisfaction than seeing someone of great evil being made to pay for his crimes and few people in history have been guilty of more crimes than Adolf Eichmann. He was the operational manager of the genocide that saw the dispatch and murder of some six million jews during the se ...more
Brian DiMattia
From other recent histories, and the way this book is described, you'd expect it to be a thriller. But Neal Bascomb seems to realize early on the difficulty of writing it that way and maintaining the "action," especially with a decade long break in the middle. Instead, he proceeds to write a study of ordinary people, who became involved in momentous events.

Adolf Eichmann was an officer in the German SS during World War II, and "architect" of the murder of well more than six million human beings.
This is an excellent true story that's a gripping read that you can't hardly put down. Author Neal Bascomb tells the story of Adolf Eichmann, who was the operational commander of the Holocaust. "Hunting Eichamnn" tells the incredible story of how Eichmann fled Europe in 1945 and was ultimately brought to justice in 1961.

The reader knows the ultimate outcome of the story at the beginning--Eichmann is captured. But the tale on how it came to be is so incredible as to a great case of "truth is stra
Having listened to and loved another book by Neal Bascomb, "The Perfect Mile," and having read some very positive reviews of this book, I was a bit disappointed. This is the story of the sixteen-year search for Adolf Eichmann, major operative in Hitler's "Final Solution for the Jewish Problem." His nickname is "architect of the Holocaust," and he was particularly active in Hungary, where he sent over 400,000 Jews to their deaths in the gas chambers. It was originally thought he was killed at the ...more
Adolf Eichmann was the model for Hannah Arendt's banality of evil. Kafka could not have written a more bloodless bureaucrat than Eichmann - the Chief Operating Officer of the Final Solution. Although he was manifestly responsible for the deaths of 6 million or more Jews, Communists, prisoners of war, Gypsies, political dissidents, homosexuals, mentally retarded people, and anyone else who had the misfortune to be caught in the wheels of the Nazi system, he never accepted responsibility. He was j ...more
Years ago I read a brief description of the operation to kidnap Eichmann and bring him to Israel. With the release of this book I thought I'd take a deeper interest in what happened, how the operation was organized, and the background to the entire event. In the end I think this book delivers. Although the research is there, the book lacks in the usual endnote citations a scholarly work includes. Rather you can follow page numbers in the back and try to see which few words, designating the begin ...more
This is an amazing, true story about the search for and capture of Adolph Eichmann, the Nazi who was responsible for implementing Hitler's Final Solution.

This reads like a suspense novel that you can't stop reading, even though you know the ending. Eichmann's background and his notorious war deeds are reviewed, as well his self-serving justification for his actions.

The book also tells the story and background of the Israelis agents of Mossad, the Israeli version of the CIA, who were involved in
Pedro Gustavo Gomes Andrade
Há mais de 50 anos atrás, Adolph Eichmann, um ex-oficial nazista fugitivo, foi seqüestrado num subúrbio de Buenos Aires próximo à sua residência na Argentina por agentes do Mossad, o serviço secreto israelense. Logo após, foi julgado e condenado à morte em Jerusalém por sua contribuição ao holocausto, nesta que foi a primeira e única aplicação da pena de morte em toda a história de Israel. Os relatos dessa operação, contudo, somente vieram à tona há pouco tempo. Sabe-se hoje, por exemplo, que a ...more
Rare five star for me. This non-fiction book by Neal Bascomb concerns locating, capturing and putting on trial one of the key Nazis who escaped from Germany after WWII--Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann was in charge of orchestrating the removal of Jews from Hungary and other locations and getting them to the death/labor camps. Millions died as a result of his zealousness. The book covers his wartime efforts, his escape to Argentina aided by sort of an "underground railroad" via Catholic churches to the ...more
I haven't read Tom Clancy, so I don't know if the blurb on the back cover is correct.

I wouldn't describe the book as a thriller, though the story is told very well. It makes a good companion piece to the essay in The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction written by one of the "hunters". Bascomb doesn't waste words and doesn't waste description. He also is kind enough to presume that his reader has basic background knowledge, so he doesn't give unneeded explanations. Outside of the hunt for E
This is an incredibly interesting book. It covers Eichmann's background and escape from Europe, his being found in Argentina and his subsequent capture by Israeli agents. What was so interesting was the detail of care and planning that went into positively identifying Eichmann and organizing his capture. Not to mention smuggling him out of Argentina and back to Israel on a flight who's distance hadn't been tried before. Sometimes you wanted to captors to get on with things but you could also und ...more
Adolf Eichmann, infamous as the operations manager of the Final Solution to exterminate European Jewry in WWII, was controversially brought to trial by the government of Israel in 1961. Their quest to bring him to justice, when a lot of the world wanted to forget about the Holocaust, is the subject of this great new book by Neal Bascomb. I had read Isser Harel's dry, by-the-numbers account The House on Garibaldi Street years ago but this book is full of background, political intrigue, and suspen ...more
David Colton
Jun 07, 2011 David Colton is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and reads like a good action film without explosions and violence. The dark undertones of devoting a period of time to finding one of the world's most evil men spills into the lives of those who searh as well as the reader. This is not an easy read but I was compelled to read this book as I was 12 when he was found and heard my parents talk about it as well as saw reports on the media. This was a profound awakening for me as to the harm that one humnan being can do to others. Thoroug ...more
In 1960 my mother was asked to go back to the Memphis area from NC by her former boss Mr. Herzog. He wanted her to run his business while he and his wife went to Isreal for Eichmann 's trial. I was nine years old at the time and had no knowledge of WWII and the Holocaust. My mother said the Herzog family went to spit on Eichmann because all of their families had been killed in the camps. I couldn't understand why that was so important. It started me on a lifetime of reading all I could on the wa ...more
Frank Richardson
On May 11th 1960, a non de script man got off a bus in a neighborhood just outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was average height, wore glasses, and was a foreman in an automobile factory. It was just after 8:00 PM and the weather was cold, windy, and rainy. He lived in a house on Garabaldi street that had no running water and by todays standards was primitive. His name was Ricardo Klement, but his real name was Adolph Eichman, who along with the notorious doctor, Josef Mengale was one of the mo ...more
Andrew Tollemache
Pretty easy read about the hunt for Adolph Eichmann by various Holocaust survivors and the Israeli govt that culminated in his capture and trial in the early 1960s. I had seen an HBO movie about this some years back, but this book does paint an interesting picture of the covert and not all that covert world of former Nazis and how they escaped to South America and lived lives of semi-invisibility in Argentina. How Juan Peron and his wife Evita became worthy of glamorous plays is beyond me. They ...more
Todd Miles
Fabulous book recounting the story of the hunt, arrest, and trial of Hitler’s number one man when it came to “The Final Solution.” Absolutely gripping read. Highest recommendation. We also come face-to-face with evil and the accounts of the Jewish response to seeing a pitiful Eichmann are telling. Horrific evil does not always come with a monstrous face, nor a tortured background. Sometimes it comes through someone who appears to be very normal and quite ordinary.
Michael Wu
I was quite interested in the events of both World Wars after studying them in world history with Mr.Mcgartlin. Then I found this book, it goes in to the stories of a prisoner of war named Sapir, who was captured due to his religious status being Jewish. However, he managed to survive the concentration camps and has gone through great amounts of both mental and physical abuse. After his whole family was killed in the concentration camp, he made it his life mission to make retribution for the dam ...more
You won't be able to put this one down! This is one of those books you bring to the dinner table and hope your wife doesn't notice you reading. The author defines the incredible manhunt to bring notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann to trial. Although you know the outcome, you just keep reading. I've recommended it to several people, and no one has been disappointed yet.
Harlan Edmonds
A crackling tale that beats most thriller novels though it's found on the non-fiction shelves. It tells the story of the escape from post-war Germany of the loathsome Nazi bureaucrat Adolf Eichmann, who engineered the "Final Solution" which resulted in the deaths of millions of innocents, his flight to and pathetic expat life in Argentina, and the successful hunt by Israel's Mossad and others to find him and bring him to justice. A good book to suggest to anyone who questions the rightness of th ...more
Anandraj R
A Nazi war criminal who was responsible for the killings of the millions of the jews and the architect of the Holocaust escaped from Germany during the end of the World War 2. Couple of Nazi hunters continue the hunt for that murderer even after so many years to the end of WW2 but was impossible to find the location of this war criminal. Luckily, an info on the war criminal reaches the Israelis after 2 decades from a German official. Mossad forms a team , investigates on the leads, Nabs the crim ...more
All I can say is wow. This is an incredible story and Neal Bascomb does an amazing job bringing it to life. Highly recommend. Even for those who think they already know the story or aren't interested in hearing the story.
Written like a suspense novel but a true story. I expected this would take me a couple weeks to read but it was very difficult to put it down. My productivity suffered somewhat. I had read The House on Garibaldi Street (1997) a number of years ago about the hunt and capture of Adolph Eichmann written by actual participants and found it likewise totally engrossing. Hunting Eichmann is a more recent telling with updated information. It kept me hooked from the beginning until I finished. It is fasc ...more
Linda Edwards
This was a very exciting spy true life story. The documentation remarkable and the in site of the author Neal Bascomb was amazing. I found it a true page turner, I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The development of the people involved was most likely true to who they were in real life. I just need to know one more thing about this book and that is just how much gas was left in the El Al plane when it landed in Dakar with Eichmann. I was hanging on to my seat hoping they would make the d ...more
Carey Combe
Considering I knew the outcome, this beautifully written book read like a thriller; gripping, horrifying and ultimately satisfying. Thanks Bettie
Douglas Willis
This is a shattering work - it's hard to even imagine how concentration camp survivors in 1962 held themselves in check to keep from killing Eichmann (a true "creep" and "monster" . . . words I don't often use to describe nasty people, but that man deserved them). Mossad (and Ben Gurion's government) did absolute right in bringing Eichmann to justice - the lessons of how a cocky little man became instrumental in carrying out the finer points of the "final solution of the Jewish question" will ne ...more
This book details the flight, hiding, search capture trial and execution of the one of the Third Reich’s , most notorious figures. The book details Eichmann’s hiding from the Allied forces after the war and how he escaped to Argentina and his life there. The book details how a small group of dedicated Nazi hunters try to track down where he has gone to acting on tips from all over the world. It detail how some tips turned over to Israeli intelligence were incorrectly acted upon until finally the ...more
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“We will bring Adolf Eichmann to Jerusalem,” Harel said, striking the table, “and perhaps the world will be reminded of its responsibilities. It will be recognized that, as a people, we never forgot. Our memory reaches back through recorded history. The memory book lies open, and the hand still writes.” 0 likes
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