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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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The first complete narrative of the pursuit and capture of Adolf Eichmann, based on groundbreaking new information and interviews and featuring rare, neverpublished Mossad surveillance photographs When the Allies stormed Berlin in the last days of the Third Reich, the operational manager of the mass murder of Europe's Jews shed his SS uniform and vanished.
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ebook, 400 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Negin
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Israel and love that country dearly. When my husband and I were newlyweds almost 20 years ago, we were channel surfing one night and saw a fabulous documentary on how Eichmann was found and brought to justice. I think it was the first time I really paid any attention to the story.

It was only recently that I heard about this book and I’m so glad that I did. It’s truly well-written and thoroughly researched. Even though I knew how it would all end, I wa
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Peter
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, five-stars
Gripping and Poignant

This was a great book and worth reading whether you know the story of Eichman or not. To me, it is an example of persistent righteousness in the search for justice. Well written, it reads like a thriller. Despite this, it opens many debates on man's meaning in the world.
Bandit
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bou
To sum it all up, I must say that I regret nothing.
Last words of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Final Solution.

This book gives a detailed account on how the Mossad managed to capture and flew one of the most notorious SS criminals out of Argentina. Its subsequent process was a milestone in the history of the Shoah - for the first time the World and the Israeli youth was confronted with the Holocaust.

His involvement in the Final Solution started with his attendance at the Wannsee conferenc
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Tony
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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,
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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
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Ina Cawl
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
you cannot run from your history and your victims
Trev Twinem
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Doubledf99.99
One very good and fast paced book, even though you know the outcome, the author does a fine job of creating tension. Once wheels were up, I breathed a sigh of relief.. A remarkable book..
Marsha
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike Knox
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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awesomatik.de
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sehr interessantes Buch, wenn man wie ich noch nichts über die Jagd auf Adolf Eichmann gesehen oder gelesen hatte.
Es liest sich wie ein Thriller. Es dreht sich zwar alles um die Menschenjagd aber nebenbei erfährt man auch eine Menge geschichtlichen Kontext.
Nur nach hinten raus hat es Bascomp etwas künstlich spannend gemacht mit dem El Al - Flug. Das hätte er kürzen können und stattdessen den Prozess etwas mehr beleuchten können. Aber dafür gibt es ja andere Bücher (z.B. von Hannah Arendt).
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Ben
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, absorbing read. Reads like a crime thriller and was one of those rare books that got my heart racing. So well researched and well written - a definite 5 stars from me.
Jerome
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Caitlin
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Todd Stockslager
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I rarely rate nonfiction five stars ("What a classic" on my personal rating scale), but Hunting Eichmann deserves this highest accolade in every way.

1. The importance of the subject. Six million people were murdered in Europe during World War II by the German government, under the leadership and direction of Adolf Hitler, at the administrative hand of Adolf Eichmann who crafted and carried out the Final Solution. Multiplying adjectives such as Jewish, refugees, deportees, old, young, infirm, inc
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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
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Michael
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LindaJ^
A non-fiction thriller, this book tells the story of the capture of Adoph Eichmann, one of the most notorius Nazi war criminals, by the Isreali secret service. The details of the planning and actual capture of Eichmann are much like the details of the planning and execution of plans by Gabriel Allon and his team in the Daniel DeSilva novels and just as tension filled. In addition to the planning and actual capture, attention is also given to Eichmann -- how he got to be responsible for carrying ...more
Heather Fineisen
A comprehensive and detailed look at the Nazi hunters and the operation that brought Eichmann to justice. Provides a history of the holocaust with disturbing testimony from victims. The mere facts of the Final Solution as planned and executed never ceases to horrifying. A tough but interesting read.
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
Brian DiMattia
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Regina Lindsey
Hunting Eichmann by Neal Bascomb
4 Stars

The world’s view of bringing Nazi war criminals to justice changed drastically between 1945 and 1960. The US and Great Britain were in the throes of the Cold War and responsibility was relegated to Germany, who had allowed numerous former Nazis to hold important government posts. In 1960 former Nazis accounted for 1/3 of the cabinet and eight served as foreign ambassadors. So, when Adolf Eichmann was suspected of hiding in the enclave of an Argentinian Germ
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Dolores
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tung
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
When we think of the monstrous leaders from WWII Germany, we think of Hitler, Goebbels, Goring, and Mengele; we should also consider Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann was one of the SS leaders specifically in charge of carrying out Hitler’s Final Solution. He was most known for clearing out Jewish people from Hungary and sending them off to concentration camps. This book details the search for Eichmann after his escape from Germany at the end of the war. Bascomb details how the Israeli secret service rec ...more
Judy
Aug 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Relstuart
Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics
After reading The House on Garibaldi Street, about the capture of Eichmann written by the head Mossad agent I was concerned this book might just feel like a re-hash.

However, this book told more of the story of who Eichmann was before the capture and it talked about the international reaction after his capture. It also discussed the trial and the results on the nation of Israel.

One of the interesting things is reading about how he justified his actions. He stated that he felt he was right with
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Jill Meyer
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neal Bascomb does a wonderful job of working through the intricacies of the hunting, capture, and trip to Israel of Adolf Eichmann from his hiding place in Argentina. Various governments, agencies, and individuals had been hunting Eichmann since he vanished in Germany in 1945. He went into hiding within Germany and Austria, helped out by Nazi-sympathisers, and eventually made his way to Argentina - and safe haven - in 1950, where he took a new identity as Ricardo Klement. He brought his family o ...more
Joshua
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
David Colton
May 29, 2011 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
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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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“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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