I must confess, it did take a couple of days for me to get into this book, but bang, once I did it was a "no sleep till it's finished" affair. One other user comments there's not enough about his wartime activities - I couldn't agree more; I also think the ending is a little abrupt - more on the subsequent fallout would have been great, as well as maybe an updated epilogue on what happened next to the many characters involved - rolf mengele, for instance.
Even so, the authors make up for this with a completely thrilling account of his post-war existence, one that is superbly written and immaculately researched. There are so many points of interest and controversy that it's impossible not to be sucked into the intrigue. For instance, I thought the debunking of the Wiesenthal 'myth' was particularly interesting - like many not expertly schooled on the subject, i've always regarded the man as something of a noble crusader. To find him slammed for his constant hot air and fantasy was a surprise, but an educating one. As well, I've been a victim of common misconception - that Mengele was some sort of 'bionic' super villain, always one step ahead of the game, and not unlike the character portrayed in Boys from Brazil etc. (yes, more fool me). To find the opposite held true, and that he was in fact a broken, bitter man is a crumb of comfort for those who would love nothing more than to have seen his head on a stick.
How I hope this book is updated with a detailed epilogue, as well as a little more on his early life and his time at auschwitz. Yet even without this, this historical masterclass sits comfortably among my all time favourite historical books.