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The House on Garibaldi Street

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  608 ratings  ·  67 reviews
This is the true story of the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina by the Mossad, Israel's secret intelligence serviceunder the leadership of Isser Harel. This is his account, revised and updated, with the real names and details of all Mossad personnel. ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 31st 1997 by Frank Cass Publishers (first published 1975)
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Lewis Weinstein
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkably detailed account of the thinking and actions which went into the capture of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires in 1960, told by the man (head of Mossad Isser Harel) who organized and managed the entire mission. The writing is clear and honest, and even when you know the outcome, very exciting to read.
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In 1960-61 I was in junior high and I did a school project consisting of cutting out newspaper articles and putting them in a current events scrapbook. Near the back I stuck in a clipping showing a picture of Adolph Eichmann sitting at his jail-house desk reading a pile of books . I'm looking at that picture now. I was aware of Nazi atrocities having read an article on them featured in one of my dad's True magazines. Isser Harel came face to face with the monster and rendered him to ultimate jus ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I sincerely enjoyed this book. I thought it was exciting and entertaining and gave a real insight in the challengers intelligence agencies face. We are given a window in which to observe ingenuity and on the spot thinking to it's max. There is not just the element of excitement that makes this book compelling. There is also a sincere sense of justice. This is felt most prevalently when Harel describes how the criminal affected the lives of those involved in the case and their families. The relie ...more
Jeff Dawson
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though it’s been thirty years since I read this story, it has remained with me. Eichmann was the most sought-after Nazi after the collapse of the Third Reich. He had bragged on more than one occasion how he was instrumental in carrying out the Führer’s “Final Solution.”

Like many he was able to escape to a sympathetic South America and continue living the good life.

The fledgling organization, Mossad, spent months and months of preparation laying out a plan to bring him back to Israel and be
I’m speechless...beyond utterly speechless.
Amar Pai
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Not gonna win any literary awards, but this book delivers the goods as far as operational details of a high stakes espionage action (the abduction of Eichmann from Argentina to stand trial in Israel)

Harel methodically (some would say tediously) lays out all the planning that went into the operation, from the initial tip that led to Eichmann, to his identification, through his capture and retrieval. Lots of stuff to consider:

-establishment of safe houses
-document forgery (false passports etc)
Sandy Nawrot
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is not going to be for everyone, but if you love books that involve WWII combined with real life investigative intrigue, this is one read YOU CANNOT MISS.

So many of the Nazi commandants turned tail after the end of WWII and hid in the far reaches of the world, including Adolph Eichmann, who was the architect of the "final solution" that killed so many Jewish souls. For years following the war, it was the sole mission of Isser Harel, Chief Executive of the Secret Services of Israel, to
Celeste Miller
Boy howdy, was this ever a boring book. But how can a book about Nazi hunting be boring, you ask? Trust me, it can. Flat writing (seriously, my middle school diary entries about what I got for back-to-school shopping are more interesting), zero characterization, and a "hunt" that's about as fast-paced as watching paint dry. My 84-year-old demented grandmother has craftier moves than Eichmann did in Buenos Aires. And though it takes place in Buenos-effing-Aires, it might as well have transpired i ...more
Written (with some bias) by the head of Mossad in charge of the capture of Eichmann but notwithstanding a fascinating story.
This is the story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina by Jewish agents as told by the operation leader.

Interesting how they heard about him being there from someone who told someone who told someone and it eventually got back to the people that could go get him.

One of the best parts about the way this story is told is how the author explains the personal connections between the agents history of harm from the efforts to exterminate them and Eichmann. Some of their stories were horrib
Read a long time ago - inherited from mum's shelves. ...more
Mannie Liscum
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The House on Garibaldi Street” by Isser Harel, former head of the Israeli Intelligence and Security Service (the Mossad), from 1952–1963, is a rousing 5 star page turner. The book details the successful efforts to bring to final justice Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Nazi’s ‘Final Solution of the Jewish Question.’ Harel’s account of the events that took place over a period of three years (1957-1960) in finding, indentifying, capturing (in Argentina), and bringing Eichmann to trial (in Isra ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had read this book many years ago and recently read one on this same topic by another author. I also saw the movie Operation Finale that presented a Hollywood adaptation with some changes for dramatic purposes. So I thought I would re-read this book by Isser Harel who was the Mossad leader of the operation. It was still loaded with suspense and makes a great story about pursuit of justice without the changes made for the movie. If you are looking for a more complete view of the search for and ...more
Sarah Pongracz
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Martha Schwartzenberg
This is the chilling true story of the hunt, investigation, planning, capture and transport of Adolf Eichmann from Argentina to Israel, to stand trial for his role as one of the major architects of the Holocaust. It is written by Isser Harel, the former chief of Israel's Secret Service, and is the basis of the recent film "Operation Finale." ...more
John Majors
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
fascinating account of the capture of Adolf Eichmann written by the former head of Israel's Secret Service, who oversaw the operation at the time. If you've not read "Hunting Eichmann", I'd read it first, as it is written in more of a story format than this one, though this one was also hard to put down. ...more
Michael Evans
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great historical story, but the writing gets so muddled in constantly overemphasizing minute details. I was disappointed :(
I really wanted to like it but it just wore me out after the first half of the book.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was unbelievable! It read like a fiction spy novel but it really happened. I did not realize what was involved in this case. I also never realized how Important it was to try Eichmann in Israel and the impact on educating Israelis and the world on what happened in WW II.
Tracy Backer
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot of detail, a LOT. Fascinating look into the work that went into the capture of Adolph Eichmann. I found it interesting, but sometimes it was hard to keep the people straight, as well as the timelines. They did it all before cell phones and laptops.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Important read, although difficult at times to read about the true horrors that Eichmann and the Third Reich carried out. There are a few too many names and characters to accurately keep track of, and that did get confusing at times. Overall though, this is such an incredible story.
John King
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this 40 years ago and still remember it. Fascinating account of how the Mossad located, stalked, and kidnapped Adolph Eichmann in Argentina in 1960.
Kenneth Fairfield
Oct 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Gave up on it. Boring.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Extremely compelling, well-told story, without a lot of fluff or unnecessary information.
Byron Mavrick
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book.
Nitin Tomer
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating insight in the world of espionage...
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know how the old spy works before there are computers and mobile phones, read this book. A true story thriller from the horse’s mouth.
Bernie Berger
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
What’s incredible about this book is that it’s non-fiction.
Kind of hard to keep all the characters in mind, but ultimately that’s not a big problem
Donna Herrick
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Story of the capture of Adolf Eichman by the head of Israeli Secret Service
Marshall Allred
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a great in depth read of the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. I think it’s a read for everyone. Especially if you want to know more about the history post WWII
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as I expected - quite mundane and not well written.
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An interesting account on how the Mossad brought to justice Adolf Eichmann, the man in charge of implementing the Jewish Holocaust during World War II.
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Isser Harel was spymaster of the intelligence and the security services of Israel and the Director of the Mossad. In his capacity as Mossad director he oversaw the capture and covert transportation to Israel, of Holocaust organizer Adolf Eichmann.

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