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This is a comprehensive look at the lives of prominent Nazis who got away, the efforts made by some to track them down, and the surprising lack of effort by various agencies and governments who actively helped war criminals to escape at the end of the war or who turned a blind eye. As well as household names like Mengele, Barbie, Eichmann, we hear the stories of lesser known or unknown players as they are cleverly interwoven. We meet victims of persecution, torture, deportation, and death, the perpetrators and adminstrators of these acts, 'Nazi hunters' (successful and otherwise), military personnel, politicians - a vast array of people on all sides and at all levels. Compiling all of the material would have been a mammoth task and Guy Walters has done a remarkable job in compiling the evidence and presenting it in such a readable and compelling manner. Daniel Philpott's reading is superb - he has a very pleasant voice and accent, and is a pleasure to listen to. Importantly for a book of this type, it sounds as though he is a German native speaker so all his pronunciations of German names and words are spot-on, and his pronunciations and accents in the numerous other languages in this book are admirable. This is not an 'easy' read, it requires concentration, but it held my attention throughout and I learned a great deal. Highly recommended for anyone interested in WWII and its aftermath, the way governments and other bureaucracies work, human nature, and the interplay of expediency and principle.
This is a magnificent listen. I thought I knew most of the history of the WW2 war crimes. This taught me that I did not. Every school pupil should be made to listen or read this story, to ensure it never happens again. Very difficult to comprehend the atrocities carried out by these people, both the war criminals and the allies in using them after the war. The most appalling part of the story for me was the complicity of the Catholic church in helping the Nazi war criminals to escape the justice they so thoroughly deserved.
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the information is very detailed but very dry and rather repetitive. Also the author's style makes it hard to follow, being digressive and over detailed. The narration is good.
However as a car driving listener I never had that feeling of wanting to go on with the story and indeed have plodded through it in short chunks when i can think of nothing better to do. Indded after several months i still have not finished it.
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