Why Did I Read This Book?:
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 centered around World War II and the Holocaust. Things I cannot fathom are interesting to me.
What’s The Nazi Hunters All About?
First off, The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb is actually non-fiction. Y’all, apparently I was not paying too much attention in this editor panel thing, because it never crossed my mind that oh, this book is NOT historical fiction but non-fiction, so when I did my #bookstagram picture of it, I tagged it as historical fiction. THEN I opened it up and felt like a fool. BUT ALSO massively excited because I really do enjoy non-fiction, especially when it is based on things that fascinate me. So, okay, The Nazi Hunters details the hunt for Adolf Eichmann, a very high ranking Nazi officer. Actually Eichmann was the person whom many say had a very huge role in carrying out the Nazi party’s genocide of the European Jewry. Anyways, after World War II, Eichmann escapes to Argentina where he stays under the radar. He is never tried for his war crimes, UNTIL a tip comes into the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad, that Eichmann is alive. The book then goes into detail on how Mossad agents captured Eichmann. I just thought it was so interesting because the book weaves in back stories of each agent, many of whom had family members who perished in the concentration camps.
Is This All Textbook-y?
No. Actually, I found The Nazi Hunters to be very accessible. Never once was I like, ugh learning, frack that noise. Instead, I found the book to be very thrilling and intense, like I just wanted to know what would happen next in the plan to capture Eichmann. The book flows quite well. I will be honest and say that while it’s not quite perfect, I think that the true story is what I came for, and I ended up being completely drawn in. Also, I feel smarter after reading this book, granted yes, it’s aimed at kids but there were things I did not know about in it. Another cool thing is that there are all these photos throughout the book and a few maps. I think it would be very well suited to visual learners.
Who Would I Recommend The Nazi Hunters To?
If you are interested in World War II, criminal justice, or espionage and do not mind reading books written for a youthful audience, I think that you should certainly pick up Bascomb’s non-fiction tome. It’s a very quick read, I think if I wasn’t half way to sleep on Wednesday, I would have read it all in one day. Like, if you want to learn more about the Holocaust after reading something like Code Name Verity, The Nazi Hunters is a very non-threatening way to explore some history. Especially because you might not learn all this in school, I mean, one might spend a week or so on the Holocaust, but might spend less than a day on the War Crimes trials. This is a great book to fill in some of those gaps.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Basically Neal Bascomb’s The Nazi Hunters is real life James Bond experiences.
Disclosure: Review copy obtained at Book Blogger Convention.
Other reviews of The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb:
Have not seen any yet, alas this book is not even out until August 27th, but I just really wanted to write about it.