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2.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 52.92 out of 5 2.92 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Guy Walters Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307715548
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Already acclaimed in England as "first-rate" (The Sunday Times); “a model of meticulous, courageous and path-breaking scholarship"(Literary Review); and "absorbing and thoroughly gripping… deserves a lasting place among histories of the war.” (The Sunday Telegraph), Hunting Evil is the first complete and definitive account of how the Nazis escaped and were pursued and captured  -- or managed to live long lives as fugitives. 
 
At the end of the Second World War, an estimated 30,000 Nazi war criminals fled from justice, including some of the highest ranking members of the Nazi Party.  Many of them have names that resonate deeply in twentieth-century history -- Eichmann, Mengele, Martin Bormann, and Klaus Barbie -- not just for the monstrosity of their crimes, but also because of the shadowy nature of their post-war existence, holed up in the depths of Latin America, always one step ahead of their pursuers.  Aided and abetted by prominent people throughout Europe, they hid in foreboding castles high in the Austrian alps, and were taken in by shady Argentine secret agents. The attempts to bring them to justice are no less dramatic, featuring vengeful Holocaust survivors, inept politicians, and daring plots to kidnap or assassinate the fugitives. 
 
In this exhaustively researched and compellingly written work of World War II history and investigative reporting, journalist and novelist Guy Walters gives a comprehensive account of one of the most shocking and important aspects of the war: how the most notorious Nazi war criminals escaped justice, how they were pursued, captured or able to remain free until their natural deaths and how the Nazis were assisted while they were on the run by "helpers" ranging from a Vatican bishop to a British camel doctor, and even members of Western intelligence services.  Based on all new interviews with Nazi hunters and former Nazis and intelligence agents, travels along the actual escape routes, and archival research in Germany, Britain, the United States, Austria, and Italy, Hunting Evil  authoritatively debunks much of what has previously been understood about Nazis and Nazi hunters in the post war era, including myths about the alleged “Spider” and “Odessa” escape networks and the surprising truth about the world's most legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. 
 
From its haunting chronicle of the monstrous mass murders the Nazis perpetrated and the murky details of their postwar existence to the challenges of hunting them down, Hunting Evil is a monumental work of nonfiction written with the pacing and intrigue of a thriller.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teressa | 8/30/2013

    " Constant complaining about Simon Wiesenthal's work (of which I have no extensive knowledge, so I can't really judge) makes this book a bit tiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eugene | 8/24/2013

    " I felt a sense of sadness and outrage that there was no collective will to punish for so long, on either side of the wall. Then again, the lines of complicity were blurry. Maybe we are better off pretending the whole Reich was on vacation 1933-1945. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Greenfield | 8/3/2013

    " History of the hunt for Nazi war criminals including Adolf Eichmann, Josef Mengele, Franz Stangl and Klaus Barbie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Salazar | 4/11/2013

    " It is hard to imagine the evil of some people? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay Foust | 1/22/2013

    " It was an interesting book but not as much as I expected. The author spent a lot of time chastising the allies for their lackadaisical approach to hunting down war criminals after the war ended in Europe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/7/2012

    " Really liked this book. Left me with a feeling of anger about how these criminals were allowed to slip through the net of justice. Also an interesting reappraisal of the work of Simon Wiesenthal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karolyn | 1/22/2012

    " Not as exciting as one would think. I really was looking for the breakdown on each of the top dogs, but this was everyone meshed together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom Blumer | 1/15/2012

    " This was a disappointing read. Seemed that the author was trying to discredit much of the past activities rather than really talk about what was really happening. I found the book rather difficult to read as it wandered aimlessly. There are better books about this out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kokeshi | 9/7/2011

    " Full of excellent research and detail. I found the authour skipped around quite a bit and eventually this bored me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 SueAnn | 6/25/2011

    " I could not get through the first CD, I tried but it just did not hold my interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 SueAnn | 10/24/2010

    " I could not get through the first CD, I tried but it just did not hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 8/31/2010

    " Really liked this book. Left me with a feeling of anger about how these criminals were allowed to slip through the net of justice. Also an interesting reappraisal of the work of Simon Wiesenthal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnn | 8/25/2010

    " This is an excellent book on Nazi War Criminals and the search made to bring them to justice. The book is well written and entertaining.

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in Nazi history. "

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About the Narrator

Jonathan Cowley is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He received AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narration of The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen and The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries.