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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Segev Narrator: Marc Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780739358634
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The first fully documented biography of the legendary Polish-born Nazi hunter—a revelatory account of a man whose life, though part invention, was wholly dedicated to ensuring both that the Nazis be held responsible for their crimes and that their destruction of European Jewry never be forgotten

Within days of being liberated from the Mauthausen concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal had assembled a list of nearly 150 Nazi war criminals, the first of dozens of such lists he would compile over a lifetime as a Nazi hunter. A hero in the eyes of many, Wiesenthal was also attacked for his unrelenting pursuit of justice for crimes committed in a past that many preferred to forget. With access to Wiesenthal’s private papers and to American, East German, and Israeli government archives, Tom Segev sheds new light on Wiesenthal’s most closely guarded secrets—his true role in the capture of Adolf Eichmann, his connection to Isreal’s Mossad, his controversial investigative techniques, his unlikely friendships with Kurt Waldheim and Albert Speer, his rivalry with Elie Wiesel—making clear that the truth of Wiesenthal’s existence was far more complex and compelling than the legends (often of his own making) that surrounded him.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Segev is one of the world’s great investigative reporters—in a class with bloodhounds like Seymour Hersh and the late David Halberstam.”

    Washington Post

  • “Meticulous and forceful…[Segev’s] book delivers not merely an intimate account of Wiesenthal’s life and times, but also judicious examinations of the many controversial and little-known aspects of that life…It’s one of his biography’s achievements that you see its subject absolutely plain. Mr. Segev admires Wiesenthal but does not turn away from the sketchier aspects of his personality.”

    New York Times

  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camille Willis | 6/22/2013

    " Startlingly objective as Segev does not allow us to see Weisenthal as only the hero and sufferer but also an interesting character while not pulling his punches about his subject just because Weisenthal is a Holocaust survivor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah Sayre | 4/20/2013

    " So boring couldn't finish this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig Brantley | 12/9/2012

    " I enjoyed this book, very interesting subject, but I'm not sure it's one that will stick with me. I found it a bit hard to follow at times, with Wiesenthal such a contradictory person perhaps this fits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Delaney | 8/31/2012

    " Very good biography of the Nazi Hunter, although I will say, sometimes the author would add a thought to a paragraph that seemed out of place. Just a pet peeve of mine! The information was good though, should a question ever arise on Jeopardy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K C | 5/29/2012

    " Interesting, well documented and well written and gives a fresh perspective on Weisenthal and his search for justice, not reventge, and focus on individual perpetrators, not collective guilt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 10/15/2011

    " Didn't know much besides the "Nazi Hunter" persona. Very interesting and fair bio of him "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 8/28/2011

    " This book left me with ambivalent feelings about Wiesenthal. On the one hand I applaud the work he did to bring Nazi War Criminals to justice. On the other I am not sure that I liked the man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 7/2/2011

    " A good biography of Wiesenthal (although perhaps a bit too much editorializing by the author). I didn't know he had such a feud with Eli Wiesel! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 4/11/2011

    " So boring couldn't finish this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 4/9/2011

    " Didn't know much besides the "Nazi Hunter" persona. Very interesting and fair bio of him "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 12/16/2010

    " A good biography of Wiesenthal (although perhaps a bit too much editorializing by the author). I didn't know he had such a feud with Eli Wiesel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 11/8/2010

    " This book left me with ambivalent feelings about Wiesenthal. On the one hand I applaud the work he did to bring Nazi War Criminals to justice. On the other I am not sure that I liked the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 10/27/2010

    " Very good biography of the Nazi Hunter, although I will say, sometimes the author would add a thought to a paragraph that seemed out of place. Just a pet peeve of mine! The information was good though, should a question ever arise on Jeopardy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 9/7/2010

    " I enjoyed this book, very interesting subject, but I'm not sure it's one that will stick with me. I found it a bit hard to follow at times, with Wiesenthal such a contradictory person perhaps this fits. "

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About the Author
Author Tom Segev

Tom Segev, who writes a weekly column in Ha’aretz, Israel’s leading daily newspaper, is the author of The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust and other path-breaking books, including One Palestine, Complete, which was named one of the ten best books of 2000 by the New York Times Book Review. He lives in Jerusalem.

About the Narrator

Marc Cashman is a three-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration. His voice has also been heard locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on radio, television, film, documentaries, radio plays, and video games.