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5.0 out of 5 stars Events maketh the man!
David Cesarani succeeds excellently in doing 3 things in his book and in the process revises the whole Eichmann story for the 21st century:

1. Updating the life of Eichmann and his deeds from how it was incorrectly presented in his trial in 1961 both by Eichmann and the Prosecution from all subsequent Holocaust historical research and denoting the key...
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I found this book, although informative, very heavy going. The author seemed to go 'hell for leather' to write this book, without drawing breath, the impression given to me whilst reading it.
As far as I was concerned it was too factual and read like a Computor Print Out.
Published on 30 Sept. 2011 by squadie


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Events maketh the man!, 14 April 2011
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This review is from: Eichmann: His Life and Crimes (Paperback)
David Cesarani succeeds excellently in doing 3 things in his book and in the process revises the whole Eichmann story for the 21st century:

1. Updating the life of Eichmann and his deeds from how it was incorrectly presented in his trial in 1961 both by Eichmann and the Prosecution from all subsequent Holocaust historical research and denoting the key differences.
2. Destroying how others tried to interpret his actions plus apply them to the Cold War era of totalitarianism that existed at the time of his trial. His skewering of Hannah Arendt's poor academic research and biased arguments in her book on the trial, which ironically had a more major impact than the trial itself, is worth the price of entry.
3. Finally and most revealingly, showing how close Israel came to screwing it all up. These range from the farces of his capture (only made possible by West German provided information) and execution, to a politically influenced and ill prepared prosecution team that almost blew the case but was ultimately rescued by the integrity and objectivity of the three trial judges.

The one abiding impression gained is that rather than the plea made at his trial of only obeying orders, Eichmann was very much a product of his times and his actions reflected his exposure to the events and his acceptance of the consequences. His upbringing easily led him to deem it right to serve the Nazi party and its policies both morally and as a career opportunity. His real value was as a super administrator (though not quite as desk bound as some portray him still) without whom many of his superiors' decisions would never have had such drastic impact or results. Fully aware of the killings occurring (having witnessed them at first hand) his actions across the period 1941 to 1945 are shown to prove his personal accountability for all his subsequent deeds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.....very thorough., 4 April 2010
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David Cesarani has managed to cut through the fiction and highly emotive views on Eichmann over the last 60 years. Using accounts from his early life and career, pre and post war testimonies, his trial and his own views whilst on the run, this book tries to outline the fact that Eichmann was a product of his time. Eichmann's early life would not have given any insight or clue as to the role he would eventually play in the Holocaust. He was not born the mass murderer he eventually became. This book outlines the processes and events that eventually produced one of the many cogs in the machinery of death that was the Holocaust. Thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a "desk murderer", 12 April 2007
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A very well written book which charts Eichmann's development, life & career, from his earliest days. Analysis of how he developed from a salesman into a conduit for industrialised mass murder & deportation, offers up some interesting & at times quite chilling insights into the mind of this "desk" criminal & the way in which Nazism & the Nazi state operated & indeed influenced & shaped certain individuals.

His involvement in the Holocaust & how he helped to facilitate & make it possible is well explored & provides some chilling snapshots of a comitted Nazi.

The book gives an excellent & detailed account of his flight from Germany, life in & subsequent abduction from, Argentina & his trial in Israel.

As you might expect there are some lessons to be learned from the way in which Eichmann became involved in these heinous crimes & the fascism which spawned them.A thought provoking portrait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars realign your understanding of Eichmann role in the Holocaust, 10 July 2010
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This is an interesting and very thought provoking book. It is not an easy read and some parts are a struggle to get through. However, having read this after reading Hoess "Commandant of Auchwitz" , "Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka" and "Einsatzgrupeen" this fills in quite few gaps - the main one being "how did it all happen?". Eichmann was not the architect of the Holcoaust - he was to all intents and purposes a desk jockey wtih an ability to organise trains. Hungary, though, went further with a more direct involvement. At times it feels as though Eichmann was disliked and somewhat remote from the the central organisation - almost a man who was desperate to gate crach the party. It is a mystery how such a good organiser failed miserbly to achieve anything after the war. At times one feels as though Eichmann was made to accept more responibility thaht was real. This will change your view of Eichmann.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need in a biography of Eichmann, 31 Mar. 2015
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The only biography of Eichmann you will need, full of detail. Also read Arendt - Eichmann in Jerusalem, Chris Browning - Ordinary Men and Bauman - Modernity & The Holocaust all great books in this area.
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3.0 out of 5 stars squadie, 30 Sept. 2011
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I found this book, although informative, very heavy going. The author seemed to go 'hell for leather' to write this book, without drawing breath, the impression given to me whilst reading it.
As far as I was concerned it was too factual and read like a Computor Print Out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What to avoid., 22 April 2013
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Can't anyone write a decent, and informed, review about this book without resorting to that tired old phrase, "thought provoking"? Damn.
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