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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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.
This is a must read because we all need to remember what happened to the Armenians. The genocide of any single people group is horrific and we need to acknowledge this heinous loss of life! I can not imagine the pain the Armenians experienced as the Christians in Armenia were tortured and slaughtered.
Non Fiction Listener but huge Liar in my regular life
It's an unknown chapter in world history and you would believe it unless you heard it.
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
Off course he killed it
I immediately did a lot of review of this topic as it was so engaging
Eric Bogosian has written the most detailed account of the Armenian Genocide and I cannot think of a better voice for narration than the author himself.
A reader from day 1 now a listener too! Remember honesty in a review does help you decide, even if you don't agree!
The Author/narrator tells us this excellent volume started out as the idea for a movie, but due to his many questions; became a seven year project. Well researched and presented with clarity; he leads us through the many layers of the most denied atrocities of the 20th century and the secret plan to avenge them. I have read some of the source material, and can tell you that his treatment of this subject is very comprehensive and reasoned; presenting the many sides of the Turkish dealings with the "Armenian Problem' and the varied sides of the Armenian response to Operation Nemesis and factions within the Armenian diaspora as to the cause/effect as well.
When you hear the depth and breadth of the unspeakable acts of inhumanity that prompted Operation Nemesis; along with the constant, shifting political winds that prevented the "Nuremberg' that it deserved, it gives needed perspective to the operation.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide, and Turkey has continued to deny, but using source material from the time, independent and corroborated, gives us all we need. Those of us, like Bogosian, who had family that suffered at the hands of the Turks also know the truth. They lost everything they had, family, homes, businesses, escaping only with their lives, forced to leave the life they knew; so many were deceived and ultimately killed, just for being Armenian.
Bogosian has put together new material regarding Nemesis, woven this into the historical and political realities of the time, then bringing us up to present times creating a new go-to history of this horrendous crime against the Armenian people.
As to his narration; the performance was excellent, he is a gifted narrator.
As an Armenian American and the grandson of Genocide survivors I found this to be a fascinating story of both the events leading up to 1915 as well as the history leading up to the Genocide and the aftermath. My families story came from the survivor's who were peasants from Anatolia and frankly I don't think they cared about the real politic of the events. I also am a big fan of Eric Bogosian, although if you have never listened to his own stories be for warned the content is slightly different :) . What I especially like about this book was the history and Bogosian's recognition of the moral ambiguity of revenge and murder.. As someone who was raised with the "turk" being the personification of evil, and trust me I believe evil was done, it is still a slippery slide to decide whose freedom fighters are terrorist's and who are simply freedom fighters. It is hard for me not to feel some vindication about what Bogosian chronicles BUT I appreciate his own recognition of the moral questions involved.
This was a very informative piece of history. However, I think Eric could have done a better job learning how to correctly pronounce the Armenian words and names that come up. He does apologize in the end for this, but it's still hard to believe that, even with an Armenian interpreter, he mispronounced almost every word. Still, great read and glad I listened to this book.
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