Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi
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Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

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"Hunting Eichmann" is the first complete narrative of a relentless and harrowing international manhunt.

When the Allies stormed Berlin in the last days of the Third Reich, Adolf Eichmann shed his SS uniform and vanished. Following his escape from two American POW camps, his retreat into the mountains and out of Europe, and his path to an anonymous life in Buenos Aires, his...more
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Published April 20th 2010 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Bandit
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...more
Tony
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,...more
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....more
Lawplib
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...more
Judy
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
Caitlin
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
Dolores
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...more
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
Joshua
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
Chris
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...more
John
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
Brian
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
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
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.
Brenton
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.
Corey Colyer
I became interested in the hunt for Adolf Eichmann in 1996 when I was a graduate student at Western Michigan University. I had taken some classes with Jerry Markle and had read Jerry's book: _Meditations of a Holocaust Traveler_ which focused on the complicated process of memory production engendered by the Holocaust. From that exposure, I read Hannah Arendt's book: _Eichmann in Jerusalem - A Report on the Banality of Evil_. Arendt presented a prototypical "deconstructionist" analysis of Eichman...more
Lexi
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.
David
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
Lee
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
Kurt
History is untidy. That's easy to forget when everything is presented to us as a timeline. I have always assumed that as World War II ended, there was a concerted international effort to round up the Nazi war criminals and bring them to justice. Quite the contrary. Those who were not recruited by the Allied countries including the USA to acquire their various areas of expertise or were not rounded up as a happenstance during final days of the armed conflict, often were allowed to blend in with t...more
Lisa B.
Wow – this book was very, very good. I love it when an author takes a true story and writes about it in such a way that it is still suspenseful. Even though we know the ending, how does it all go down? How does Eichmann escape from Germany? How did he stay under the radar for so long? How was he found? And then the big question – how did they get him??
I learned allot by reading this book. Eichmann was responsible for heading what was called “The Final Solution of the Jewish Question.” Can you i...more
Iain Coggins
Jul 22, 2012 Iain Coggins rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Iain by: Not applicable
Just finished reading this informative book because I have always been curious about the Eichmann case, of which I knew little. A compelling topic and a compelling read to be sure. And an excellent starting place for someone without much background knowledge. Bascomb does a remarkable job recounting, detail for detail and episode for episode, the search, planning and abduction of Adolf Eichmann by Mossad in Argentina. My only complaint, and a minor one, is that the author's knowledge of the even...more
Sher
It is hard for those of us who were not directly involved in the holocaust to conjure up in our wildest imaginations what it must have been like. Eichmann, one of the worst of the Nazi butchers, maintained his innocence and belief in God right up to the last minute of his life. The revulsion the Jewish captors felt for Eichmann is palpable. Realizing the effect it had on them to have to attend to his every need while he was in their custody, sleeping next to him, taking him to the bathroom, bat...more
Rob Kitchin
Hunting Eichmann focuses on the hunt for and capture of Eichmann, concentrating on the period from the end of the Second World War up until his arrival in Israel. As such, it sketches over Eichmann’s career within National Socialism and his activities during the war, and also his trial in Israel. In this sense, the book is very much about the search for him by various people and groups and the planning and execution of his capture by an Israeli Mossad team. Through extensive research, Bascomb pr...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This book is the story of the identification and capture of Adolph Eichmann in Argentina. The author first details some of the elements of the capture and then backtracks to help the reader understand the role Eichmann played in brutality of the “Final Solution.” At the end of the war, Eichmann went into hiding and after 2 years, with the help of a division of the Roman Catholic Church, he was spirited out of Germany and given a new identity in Argentina. I had no idea until recently that the Ca...more
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