Operation Nemesis

  • by Eric Bogosian
  • Narrated by Eric Bogosian
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A masterful account of the conspiracy of assassins that hunted down the perpetrators of a genocide.
In 1921 a small group of self-appointed patriots set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They named their operation Nemesis after the Greek goddess of retribution. Over several years the men tracked down and assassinated former Turkish leaders. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told until now.
Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins to set the killings in context by providing a summation of Ottoman and Armenian history as well as the history of the genocide itself. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the 20th century and one of history's most remarkable acts of political retribution, and drawing upon years of new research across multiple continents, Nemesis is both a riveting listen and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence.

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History Worth Learning & Remembering

This was well told and meticulously researched story about a period in history that the human race should not ever forget. While as the author correctly points out the British were responsible for the first concentration camps (employed by Lord Kitchner during the Boer War), modern genocide did not exist until the Ottomans nearly exterminated the Armenian people. While I was aware that when he launched his genocide against the Jews during World War II, Adolph Hitler used as a rallying cry "After all who remembers the Armenians", I was not aware that several key future Nazi officials were part of the German mission to the Ottoman Empire in World War I and actually knew about and in some cases witnessed the atrocities. As the author points out, Hitler's Final Solution probably found its genesis in the Armenian Genocide.

The book does a great job of sketching a history of the Armenia people and how the Young Turk Triumvirate of Enver, Talat and Djemal with their confederates tried to completely eliminate them; and also how Operation Nemesis was conceived as a way of killing those who were responsible for the genocide. I also find it interesting that to this day, the Turkish still refuses to accept responsibility for what the Ottomans did.

The narration was very good and when I finished the book I knew a great deal more about this period of history than I knew before. I would also recommend that after listening to this recording that listeners consider purchasing the Fall of the Ottomans, by Eugene Rogan which is also available through Audible.
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- IRP

Eric should make this in to a movie

What did you love best about Operation Nemesis?

It's an unknown chapter in world history and you would believe it unless you heard it.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Operation Nemesis?

The moral questions will keep you thinking for a while after. What would you do if your people were killed so coldly and the world mostly ignored it. Was it right to act. Those questions remain very topical


What about Eric Bogosian’s performance did you like?

Off course he killed it


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I immediately did a lot of review of this topic as it was so engaging


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- James750

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio