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Hunting Eichmann by Neal Bascomb
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Mar 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 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 fascist friendly Argentina and ultimately his capture by the Mossad in the early 1960s. All of it is riveting stuff. Bascomb is a terrific writer of non-fiction as he spins the tale in a well-written, gripping way that it's like you are reading a work of fiction. It's non-fiction masquerading as a thriller. That's high praise for a non-fiction writer as a lot of history writing can be stiff, dull and fact-centric. This has facts, yet is heart-poundingly good. Highly recommended!
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