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Hunting Evil: The Nazi War Criminals Who Escaped and the Quest to Bring Them to Justice

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  348 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Already acclaimed in England as "first-rate" (The Sunday Times); “a model of meticulous, courageous and path-breaking scholarship"(Literary Review); and "absorbing and thoroughly gripping… deserves a lasting place among histories of the war.” (The Sunday Telegraph), Hunting Evil is the first complete and definitive account of how the Nazis escaped and were pursued and capt ...more
ebook, 528 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Broadway Books (first published February 1st 2005)
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Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should have been called "Hunting Evil: Or why Simon Wiesenthal is full of shit". Walters does a great job of thoroughly depressing the reader by explaining how no one, not even the Israeli Government, had all that much interest in bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. Instead, the cold war and the harsh and violent birth of the state of Israel consumed much of the time, energy, and resources of America's, Britain's, and Israel's governments. This left the Nazi's free to escape to a w ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the Nazi war criminals who escaped justice, some fled to South America while others stayed in Germany. Some went on to become informants for the allied powers during The Cold War while others drifted into humdrum lives of working-class family men, even as they held onto their delusion, paranoia and prejudice. The variety, and often bland nature of the lives these men led after their escape lends credence to the idea that there is evil lurking in every society, waiting for the right conditions ...more
Tom Blumer
Sep 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a disappointing read. Seemed that the author was trying to discredit much of the past activities rather than really talk about what was really happening. I found the book rather difficult to read as it wandered aimlessly. There are better books about this out there.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not get through the first CD, I tried but it just did not hold my interest.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know, I know, it's the second Nazi book I have read in as many weeks. No, I am not becoming some crazed, despicable Neo-Nazi. It's just that after I read the book about Eichmann, I needed to know what became of the rest of those evil em-effs. I guess you find that out in the course of these discursive 400+ pages, but it's not easy.

There is, first of all, a lot more here than just "Mengele lived out his life unmolested in Brazil." Walters talks about the agencies that were tasked with prosecut
Jill Hutchinson
This is a very detailed book about the activities of Nazi war criminals after the war and how some of them were located and brought back for justice. The interactions among the many organizations, Nazi sympathizers, the Catholic Church, and the Allies can get just a bit complicated but it certainly is fascinating. The overall impression is that there was not any great interest in hunting down these criminals since Europe was in shambles and the priority was to get the countries back on their fee ...more
Paul Kerr
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Long title but a very intricate and well researched book on a subject which remains fascinating despite coming to the end of its natural life given the limited number of such criminals still alive. The book as expected focuses on the hunts for the nazi bigwigs - Bormann, Eichmann, Mengele - and expertly takes us through the determination (and sometimes serious lack of determination from the authorities) to track these people down. However, the main surprise for me was not that it made we want to ...more
Meticulous and fascinating account of the post-WW2 hunt for escaped Nazis. Walters is not afraid to be (often rightly) critical of governments, organisations and individuals over their approach to the problem and effectively debunks a few myths in the process, but, unlike many other studies of this subject, he doesn't resort to the kind of hysterical over-analysing and conspiracy-theorising that mars a lot of work on this topic.
Leonard Romney
Well researched. Hard to read. Depressing because of how little interest was shown by the allies after WWII in finding and prosecuting war criminals. In fact, USA, France Britain and Russia all hired nazi war criminals for espionage. Very disturbing. The book is very explicit about the specific atrocities committed.
JoAnn Jordan
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book on Nazi War Criminals and the search made to bring them to justice. The book is well written and entertaining.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in Nazi history.
Paul Greenfield
History of the hunt for Nazi war criminals including Adolf Eichmann, Josef Mengele, Franz Stangl and Klaus Barbie.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as exciting as one would think. I really was looking for the breakdown on each of the top dogs, but this was everyone meshed together.
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book. Left me with a feeling of anger about how these criminals were allowed to slip through the net of justice. Also an interesting reappraisal of the work of Simon Wiesenthal.
Charles Blumberg
This book spends more time discrediting Simon Wiesenthal than the actual search for Nazis. I was expecting much more on the actual search and lives of Nazis.
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Anyone interested in how Nazis escaped after the war should definitely read this book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It gives a lot of information, and shows things aren't always what they seem. Quite interesting how the church assisted the former Nazis.
Todd Stockslager
Review title: Moral outrage fatigue
As the hot World War against fascism segued into the long Cold War against communism with barely a breath between, the effort to catch and punish the cowardly criminals who survived the Third Reich was a well-publicized but underwhelming effort. In truth, after most wars in human history there is usually little will, energy, or resources left to devote to bring retribution and justice to war criminals of the recent past. Even the definition of "war crimes" is a
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since I've read such a thoroughly researched book. I doubt their is a book, magazine article, government document or a personal letter the author has not had in his hands to study.

There was a great deal of history here that I knew little or nothing about. The horror of what there people did to the Jews is unthinkable. The fact the Great Britain and the United States helped several of the worse offenders to escape is even more unthinkable but the fear of communism made for
Wayland Smith
I knew a bit about the escape of various Nazis after World War II, and a few things about who helped them and who hunted them. As it turns out, I knew less than I thought I did. This was a well searched book with a lot of factual information about some truly appalling acts.

Be warned, there are descriptions about some of the war crimes that occurred, and some of them are detailed. It's not light reading. What I found almost as bad as the original acts were the groups that decided to help the Nazi
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!!! bon évidement faut aimer les histoires de la seconde guerre mondiale mais comme c'est un sujet qui m'intéresse beaucoup ça n'a pausé aucun problème pour le lire. c'est pathétique de voir comme les états pour diverses raisons (d'état) tout à fait indigne, ne se sont pas trop cassé la tete pour retrouver des criminels de guerre hors norme (Quand on a sur la conscience des dizaines de milliers de morts, je pense qu'on peut dire qu'ils étaient hors normes), pire certains furent utiliser ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book for those interested in WWII and its aftermath. The author criticizes governments (American, British, French, and Soviets) for not doing enough to catch Nazi war criminals after the war, or even after being caught, of using these people as intelligence and technical assets in the Cold War that followed.
The book also chronicles the escape of many Nazis after the war, mostly to South America, aided sometimes by Catholic priests. The popular Odessa escape network is shown to be a
Kaarthik Anebou
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is very well written. It provides lots of details on each and every character. The number of references the author cites, speaks a lot about the amount of research he has done. It is very detailed in every little aspect. He provides a very non-opinionated view on the war criminals and the people who helped, stopped & delayed bringing them to justice. He also provides amazing level of detail on the people who claimed to fight for justice but possibly had ulterior motives. At the same ...more
Stuart Douglas
A thought provoking but ultimately flawed history of Nazi hunting, and - if it's all true, which I couldn't say - a crushing indictment of the level of Catholic Church involvement in helping the Nazis get to South America, in addition to being a bit of a hatchet job on Simon Weisenthal.

I'd feel more comfortable about the veracity of the whole thing though - in spite of the fulsome reviews it got from the likes of the author's mates at the Telegraph - if it didn't contains quite so many 'many pe
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012, read-2016
Very well researched book on not only a cross section of individual war criminals but also the various governmental views on dealing with (and employing) former Nazis. Some have said this book is overly critical of Simon Weisenthal, however the facts don't lie and I didn't find any criticism that wasn't deserved. The picture of the post-war world and the politics of the time when the all sides were settling for what would become the Cold War is just as fascinating and valuable as tales of Nazi h ...more
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a real eye-opener & a must read for anyone who cares about justice. I applaud Guy Walters for his meticulous research & informative style of writing which just keeps the pages turning and makes you want to find out more.It is galling to accept that so many war criminals escaped but, I suppose understandable in a way that the Allies just wanted to get their lives back after the war and also that war criminals were used in advance of the perceived inevitable 'hot war' with the ...more
I saw this awesome series on National Geographic Channel "Nazi Hunters", that was partly based on this book. In this docu-drama series the events that leaded up to the hunt, capture or death of some of the most heinous nazi's, told by nazi hunters, historians and witnesses, are reenacted. It was really fascinating to learn what exactly happened to Herbert Cukurs, Klaus Barbie, Gustav Wagner, Franz Stangl, Adolf Eichman, Erich Priebke, Joseph Mengele, Kurt Lischka, Paul Touvier.
After seeing this
A very interesting subject, impressively researched by the author. At 600 pages, at times it feels a bit long, and might have been better if it was edited a bit shorter. It is never dull though. It is a very sobering tale, as the book debunks quite a few of the common myths concerning what happened to some of the most vile perpetrators after the war.

Recommended for anyone interested in WWII in general.
Daryl Crompton
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone loves to hate Nazis, and this book brings that out in ways I had not considered. One of the surprises of the book was the Author's demystification of the popular view of Simon Wiesenthal. Along with this was the employment of some detestable characters (Klaus Barbie for example) by our government, and the moral wrestling match of employing them due to cold war exigencies or seeking justice.
An interesting book.
Sharon Zink
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of searches for former Nazis and escapes by Nazis after World War II. The Allies hindered the searches because they wanted to use what the big wigs of the Nazi party knew about the Communists, etc. The Catholic Church helped Nazis escape out of humanitarian concerns. Most countries were guilty of not hunting down Nazis zealously enough and bringing them to justice. This book is well researched and well written and kept my attention all the way through.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-read-it
Cóż... Autor pokazuje nazistów jako przykłady na banalność zła, widać czytał Hannah Arendt. Ale niechaj czytalnik pamięta, że prawdziwie obrzydliwym człowiekiem był Wiesenthal. Bez-dwóch-zdań.
To taki lukrowany neonazizm.

Jest dużo książek o historii nazistów po wojnie - i chyba każda będzie lepsza niż ta.
Jane Walker
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Dense with names and facts, this is a fascinating account of what happened to Nazi war criminals. Inevitably, there is a great deal of discrediting of Simon Wiesenthal, the man who distorted the history of this period. Walters doesn't dwell on the crimes of the Nazis, more concerned with the pursuit after the war.
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