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on November 22, 2013
Gripping presentation of the planning and execution of the kidnap and transport of Adolf Eichmann to Israel. The author has described the background and personalities of each member of the capture team and it is the first time I have known their biographies in such detail.The step by step description of the surveillance and the final capture are pure thrill to read and all the more so since it is a true story. The interview of Eichman by Malkin while he was kept hidden is most amazing. Very few of us know that he was kept out of sight in Buenos Aires for 8 days before being flown to Israel and what his answer was to the questions asked of him by his kidnappers. Read it all. I can recommend this book strongly to anyone interested in the hunt for Nazi criminal escapees.
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on August 23, 2014
Wile the book is not new and the outcome of this episode is known, the book is a real life thriller. I enjoyed every moment of it. It is a riveting read and a veritable cliff hanger. It is written in a style that puts the reader in the midst of the events it details. The details are revealing indeed about how one of the most effective secret services in the world acts and the extent to which they go to catch this brutal murderer.

It also explains how Eichmann evaded capture for so long, and how chance combined with dogged detective work resulted in his undoing. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in World War II history.
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on August 29, 2009
This an absolutely riviting story of Eichmann's role in the Holocaust, his disapearance after the war (with the help of the Catholic Church........SHAME on them), the pitiful life of fear that he lead and the extremely daring and dangerous capture and removal of Eichmann from Argentina. It was clear no no other country in the world wanted to bother going after Eichmann so if he was ging to be brought to account it had to be the Isrealis. The author has obviously researched the subject well, talked to many of those involved and pulled all that information together to come up with an absolute page turner. It was hard to put down.

The Isrealis did the right thing by bringing him back to Isreal for trial rather than just killing him on the spot as several were wont to do. The trial reminded the world of the monsterous nature of the Nazi regime and made the world look at the utter contempt for human life that was so much a part of Germany during the Nazi era. The banality of evil as shown by the little man pathetically rationalizing his horrible deeds was shocking in the extreme. It proved once again that the veener of humanity and civilization on the human race is indeed very, very, thin. People could not believe that such things could happen, but time and time again in the 60 years since World War II we have seen much of the same evil throughout the world. Cambodia, Serbia, Africa, The Taliban, Al Quida, etc. As that famous crimefighter The Shadow said............"Evil lurks in the heart of man" As long we there is man, there will be war and as long as there is war there will be monsterous evil that is literally uncomprehendible.
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on October 10, 2009
The book broaches a topic that perhaps has not receivied a great deal of attention - that the size and brutality of the Holocaust deprived some of the victims of the will to bring the perpetrators to justice. At the same time, the young state of Israel was focused on pressing issues other than bringing about justice - survival. Oustanding dedication by a group of tireless Holocaust survivors and a brave German prosecutor made the capture of Eichmann possible and, more importantly, convinced Israel to go through with it. The caputre itself was probably one of the less complex operations ever undertaken by Israel. At the end, the conflict of agendas arises again, as Israely agents are forced to let Mengele slip away to focus on the struggle to define the future of Israel.

I think the more insteresintg take on the events would be to explore further the reasons behind this lack of will to hunt Nazis and, in that context talk about the vigilantes who were operating in Europe and other captures of Nazi criminals. I don't think the operation itself to capture Eichmann was sufficiently interesting to be the ceterpiece. Having said that, there are other books dedicated to this topic as well, of course.
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on June 22, 2016
A seminal moment in history is written as exciting as a novel with the diligence of a historian. The incredible true story finally told with the facts we all have wondered about. Anyone dedicated to preventing another Holocaust must understand the evil Eichmann represented and the dedicated people who brought justice to those who could no longer speak for themselves.
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on December 31, 2009
Although the events leading to the capture of Adolph Eichmann are now more fifty years old and perhaps, by some, well understood, this book provides new and further developed insight into the "backstory" of how Eichmann made his way out of post war Europe (with the assistance of pro-Nazis, representatives within the Catholic Church and anti-communists)as well as how he was eventually brought to justice in an Israeli court of law. The book provides an excellent portrayal of the pathetic life that Eichmann lived "in hiding" and a riveting presentation of the early Mossad with their intricate plans ( and varied contingency plans) for the abduction and transport of Eichmann from Argentina back to Israel to stand trial. Few people in history have ever been so "notoriously guilty" of mass genocide as was Eichmann. With great skill this author re-creates a sense of urgency and gripping suspense in re-telling of those events resulting in Eichmann's capture. This extraordinary book deserves a five star rating.
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on August 25, 2016
This is so well written! It was very exciting, even though I knew the history and the outcome. It is a testament to the determination of Holocaust survivors to achieve the justice due them given what they endured under the Nazis. You can't make this stuff up.

It's so well written I may read it again.
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on March 22, 2017
Quite a story.
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on September 16, 2009
This was an exciting book that captured my attention from the first page to the end. Neal Bascomb interwove the book, the preparation for his capture, as well as the capture itself, with a story that read like a mystery novel,but at the same time, provided the details of what happened with meticulous devotion to the facts of the case.
Because there were so many names involved in Eichmann's capture, I would have liked a chart of these names, so I could have more easily kept track of the many names mentioned in the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about this brilliant and amazing operation. We get a glimpse of the inner workings of the Mossad, and the reason it was so successful in bringing to justice the villain that received his just reward.
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on July 5, 2011
A band of Israeli avengers hunt down the homicidal criminal who was responsible for killing six million Jews is like reading a fictional thriller made up in a nightmare vision. Unfortunately it is all too true. The Israeli team was highly motivated to bring the monster to justice, but struggled mightily with the terrible toll taken by revisiting the hideous welter of pain and suffering from which each of them was trying to move forward. In having to face their past agonies while tracking down their enemy, they were in constant turmoil and conflict while locking into a tableu in which they had no choice but to move forward and achieve their ultimate objective. A brilliant rendition in which each Israli individual stands out as a singular character, and Eichmann's prosaic persona seems unfathomable in the light of his monstrous past.
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