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The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazis

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,828 ratings  ·  631 reviews
The story of Eichmann's capture is now a major motion picture starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, Operation Finale!

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and s
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Netanella This is non fiction, so there is not much figurative language here. However, a close reading will provide some examples in the descripions. For…moreThis is non fiction, so there is not much figurative language here. However, a close reading will provide some examples in the descripions. For example, Isser Harel is described as a "spark plug of a man" at the start of Chapter 3.(less)

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Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis’ Final Solution, was a man whose very name struck fear in the heart of any hearers. But as World War II came to an end in 1945, this powerful man somehow disappeared, seemingly going unpunished for his part in the Holocaust. Incredibly, he managed to escape notice for sixteen years, hiding in Argentina, until a team of spies brought him back to Israel where he faced justice. Readers will be fascinated at Eichmann’s ability to hide in plain sig ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good book, very suspenseful, and a really enjoyable plot with good writing.
Absolutely excellent piece of narrative non-fiction. This book was full of facts but told in a way that made it read like a spy novel thriller. I had never heard of Eichmann, which shames me since WWII and Holocaust history is the time period I know the most about and have spent the most time studying. I don't know how I missed his name in every thing I learned. This book was not as focused on the horrible atrocities of the Holocaust as much as it was about the aftermath, which is something I kn ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was pretty surprised by how "blah" I thought this book was. I know that it's by the same author who just wrote Hunting Eichmann and it's actually gotten mentioned in Newbery buzz (as in, what a shame that this great book isn't eligible) but I thought that it was not great. Bascomb must have put all his effort into the adult book and then just chopped out all the writing that was too "adult" for a child audience. I thought the sentences were stilted, short, and boring. I never really came to sy ...more
Laila Kanon
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-non-fiction
Had no plan to read this book but when your best friend ask you to read a particular book, you better do, particularly when she took the liberty to thrust the book into your hand! The backstory was we spent our Sunday morning walk discussing the Nazi hunters and the case of Adolf Eichman.
This book was well-written and riveting and there were few passages that took my breath away. Imagine yourself face to face with 'the evil' whom responsible for the death of 6 million of your people in which you
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had read about half of this book before going to see the movie, Operation Finale that presents the same story of the hunt for and capture of Adolph Eichmann, the architect of the Nazi’s Final Solution of the Jewish Question and the top Nazi in hiding after WWII. I had read a previous book by the leader of the Mossad team that brought Eichmann to Israel to stand trial for war crimes resulting in the deaths of six million Jews along with millions more non-Jews. I finished the book after watching ...more
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-2
The Nazi Hunters was a book that was promoted at BEA this year, so naturally I was very curious to read this account of the capture of Adolf Eichmann in 1960. The author, Neal Bascomb, had already written a book about the group of Holocaust survivors who pulled off Eichmann's capture for adults called Hunting Eichmann and now he has revised it for younger readers.

Eichmann was the very high ranking Nazi who had been responsible first for the emigration of Jews to Palestine and later for implement
Eric Sutton
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A fast-paced, abridged version of the pursuit and capture of Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires. It is designed for younger readers, as Bascomb attempts to condense the genocidal atrocities committed by Eichmann during the Third Reich, the creation of Israel, the determination of select Nazi hunters in the face of apathy, neo-nazism, plus all the particulars of the operation itself, into a 150-page thriller. A tall order, yet, for a young person learning about the era, it functions as a proper intro ...more
Fantastic how a book where you know how it all ends up can still be so suspenseful. I was reading this book in a snow storm and then the power went out and it was so creepy. Both an engrossing spy story and beautiful testament to these survivors' quest for justice.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A straightforward re-telling account of what happened, where, when and how. It doesn't need any dressing up. It's important enough to stand on its own. The details are retold in a clear and concise manner, with time taken to include some of the background both to Eichmann and his thought process throughout and that of the people who found him and were sent to bring him back to Israel. Along with a little of the historical context of the post-war years and where the world was heading going into t ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an easy read. I found this book on the "recommended reading" shelf for school kids here and so I found it simple. It contains compact descriptions and facts easily digested by students and older readers who would want to know the details without having to endure a lengthy read. It was interesting for a very factual story but I suppose one would only read such a book if one is really interested to know. As for the story itself, I found myself feeling frustrated when the mission began due ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even though I've heard plenty about World War and Hitler, I didn't really know much about either. Since I had to read a non-fiction book either way, I decided why not use the opportunity? I honestly thought this would be a dreadful read? While it wasn't the most exciting, it was definitely captivating. This book is about a survivor named Simon Wiesentha trying to capture Adolf Eichmann after he disappeared from view. The writing was very descriptive and it had just enough action to be interestin ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I heard good things about this book before reading it. This is the story of how a team of agents located and captured Adolph Eichmann. The story was well written, with enough suspense to keep its teen audience interested.
Rob Perry
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listened to this as an audiobook. Very interesting.
Marre Prestigiacomo
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book that became a movie in 2018. Educational and enlightening how such a horrible man could disappear and live for years unnoticed. A man who was unrepentant of the horrors he committed on mankind.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
This book filled in some gaps in my knowledge about WWII aftermath, when high-ranking Nazis hid out in South America. After reading, I was inspired to seek out more info. An interesting angle on the Holocaust. Very poignant content, despite pretty unemotional tone.
The SMART Book Club
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Title: The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi
Author: Neal Bascomb
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 256
Genre: Non-fiction, History, Young Adult
Rating: 3.5/5
Source: Netgalley

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“A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction.

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book on NetGalley in Exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, this book is more like 3.5-4 stars. I really enjoyed it. And anyone who knows me, knows of my love for all things ww2 era.

I have read many different takes on the capture of the Nazi War criminal, Adolf Eichmann and out of all of them it was this one that kept me turning pages and not being able to stop. I normally do not enjoy third person point of views in this one, but in this book it is so very nicely done. The narr
Jack c
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: form-1
Neal Bascomb’s purpose in writing The Nazi Hunters is that he wants the reader to understand Adolf Eichmann’s life, and the importance of the capture of Eichmann for the Jews and people of the world. In The Nazi Hunters it is hard to point out specific characters other than Eichmann because there are so many involved in the capturing. This book falls into the category of informational non-fiction, but it still describes a complex story. In this story a group of Jewish men set out on the task of ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Years and years after the war in another country in a discreet location, with all the research gathered up the hunt begins. Holocaust survivor Zeev Sapir joins a crew lead by the Israeli Internal Security Service, a man who dedicated his life to hunting Nazis, named Zvi Aharoni to hunt down the mad man in charge of leading the Jewish people to their final destination. The man they are looking for is Ricardo Klement. If he was a German, why does he have a Spanish name? Adolf Eichmann is held resp ...more
Marjorie Ingall
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What I wrote in Tablet magazine:

"I wrote 'OMG' and 'holy crap' repeatedly in the margins of this gripping spy thriller about the capture of Adolf Eichmann. I knew the Israelis had kidnapped him from Buenos Aires nearly two decades after WWII and brought him to stand trial in Jerusalem. I’d seen pictures of him in his glass box in the courtroom. But I had no clue what a twisting, nail-biting endeavor his discovery and capture were, with many near-misses and almost-disasters. Bascomb’s book is so
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Adolf Eichmann was one of the world's most notorious Nazis as the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution. Essentially, he organized the transportation of the Jewish people to ghettos and concentration camps. This work of narrative nonfiction begins with the background of Eichmann's role in the genocide. Then, in 1945, Eichmann disappeared from Germany and went into hiding. Due to the bravery of more than a dozen individuals, Eichmann is captured and put on trial for the world to view. ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a really well done teen version of Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi which is an adult non-fiction book. The author follows the story of the Israeli team which found Eichmann in Argentina and kidnapped him so that he could face trial in Israel for the murder of millions of Jews. It was very interesting to read this after having read Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Arendt's ...more
Daniel Langguth
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book I will be reviewing is The Zazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb. The book is about a spy mission from the story of the Holocaust, the survivors of the Holocaust form a group to hunt down and bring to trial Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann was responsible for the killings of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Eichmann escapes and fled to Argentina. The book to me is really about a group of spies and Holocaust survivors coming together with a common cause to hunt down and deliver justice to Adolf Ei ...more
Kyle Cochran
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nazi Hunters is a great and interesting book about spies who captured one of the most powerful leading Nazi, Adolf Eichmann. The spies had to tract Eichmann to the place he was living after the war. They spied on Eichmann for weeks, they practiced how they would grab him and throw him into the car. Soon enough Eichmann was captured and shipped off to Israel for his trial. Eichmann was proven guilty and was sentenced to death, his ashes were thrown in the sea.

I enjoyed this book, it was interesti
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book, “The Nazi Hunters is a very interesting book about spies who kidnap a former SS(Secret Service) officer who worked for the Nazi’s. The SS officer (Adolf Eichmann) was constantly hiding and changing house from country to country. Eichmann was very hard to track because he had many fake names which were almost impossible to track. When the found Eichmann the practiced over and over again to snatch him once and for all.
I enjoyed this book, it was interesting and it had so much informatio
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Nazi Hunters is a very interesting and thrilling book. It follows the story of multiple Israeli secret service (Mossad) agents that track down and capture a popularly hated Nazi by the name of Adolf Eichmann. The book describes every aspect of risk, strategy, and bravery of the entire operation. To see a highly notorious criminal who you helped in capturing come to justice must make these agents feel very proud of themselves. Although each agent's version of the story was different from the ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bea-2013, non-fiction, ya
I sat in on a panel at Book Blogger Convention and the editors in the panel were really talking up The Nazi Hunters: How A Team Of Spies And Survivors Captured The World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb and so after the panel, I decided I could not live without reading this book — because you know things like that happen to me, I essentially decide I NEED to read a book or heaven forbid what will happen. I was also very interested because I’ve spent much of my college career taking classes ...more
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The pursuit and capture of Adolf Eichmann after 15 years as part of the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews was a profound and thrilling read. The secret plan was thoroughly planned by Jews who personally survived the Holocaust and lost loved ones in the concentration camps and the government officials of Israel. A highly recommended read for young adults and adults as a reminder of the atrocities by Hitler and the Germans against the Jews. Six million were exterminated and many were shot, beaten, ...more
Lucas Barton
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb is a crazy story about how a small team of spies were able to bring one of the worlds worst war criminals to justice. The criminal that the spies are chasing is Adolf Eichmann the man in charge of the slaughter of Jews during World War 2.
This book is a crazy story about a group of Jewish spies on a mission to capture this mad man. This book is a page turner and would recommend this book to anyone interested in World War 2 history. This book was great a
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Neal Bascomb is a national award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of a number of books, all non-fiction narratives, all focused on inspiring stories of adventure or achievement. His work has been translated into over 18 languages, featured in several documentaries, and optioned for major film and television projects.

Born in Colorado and raised in St. Louis, he is the product of public
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