• Eichmann in My Hands

  • A First-Person Account by the Israeli Agent Who Captured Hitler's Chief Executioner
  • By: Peter Z. Malkin, Harry Stein
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Eichmann in My Hands

By: Peter Z. Malkin,Harry Stein
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
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Publisher's Summary

In 1960 Argentina, a covert team of Israeli agents hunted down the most elusive war criminal alive: Adolf Eichmann, chief architect of the Holocaust. The young spy who tackled Eichmann on a Buenos Aires street - and fought every compulsion to strangle the Obersturmführer then and there - was Peter Z. Malkin. For decades Malkin's identity as Eichmann's captor was kept secret. Here he reveals the entire breathtaking story - from the genesis of the top-secret surveillance operation to the dramatic public capture and smuggling of Eichmann to Israel to stand trial. 

The result is a portrait of two men. One, a freedom fighter, intellectually curious and driven to do right. The other, the dutiful Good German who, through his chillingly intimate conversations with Malkin, reveals himself as the embodiment of what Hannah Arendt called "the banality of evil." Singular, riveting, troubling, and gratifying, Eichmann in My Hands "remind[s] of what is at stake: not only justice but our own humanity" (New York Newsday). 

Now Malkin's story comes to life on the screen with Oscar Isaac playing the heroic Mossad agent and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley playing Eichmann in Operation Finale.

©1990 Peter Z. Malkin and Harry Stein (P)2019 Tantor
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Excellent the first person account

It is always uplifting and brings a sense of relief to read accounts like this. Stories of real life heroes who are willing to stand up and face the true evil among us. Despite the high cost to themselves, these heroes bring those who commit almost incomprehensible evil out from the shadows, to answer for their crimes against all humanity. This is one such account. May God continue to bless the people of the state of Israel.

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  • 11-17-19

Fantastic book

Thought provoking , great book. Important for all to read. Didn’t want to stop listening. Loved it.

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Autobiographical telling of a historical story

I remember when Eichmann was captured and spirited to Israel to stand trial, and wanted to learn about how it was done. This book gave me a whole lot more. It is also an autobiography by the man that caught him.
This a great book, well read and well worth the listen.

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As good as the movie, if not better

I thought this book was at least as good as the movie it inspired. Maybe better. Certainly much more detailed. The book is not only about the capture of Eichmann, but also to a certain extent about Peter Malkin's life, especially in the years before the capture. Fortunately, Malkin's life is pretty interesting, and it feels natural to put Malkin in context before his big moment with Eichmann. I was a bit surprised that the book did not say much about Eichmann's trial. But I suppose there are other books about that. In any case, you get a pretty good sense of how Eichmann tried to justify his actions based on his conversations with Malkin. I like Jonathan Davis as a reader, but sometimes I feel he struggles to differentiate the voices of different characters. Overall, a good book.

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Superb Book

Although there is a significant portion of this book that speaks more to the author's life than it does to the actual capture of Eichmann, it is nonetheless a superb book. I don’t think I really appreciated the amount of the book that was directed toward the author’s life experiences until the final closing chapters. It is an incredible and factual account that is worthy of attention from a very broad audience

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A historical recall that applies today!

This is an important novel that all young adults should read. It is a great historical lesson that seems to be repeating today!

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This for me was a riveting read.

This was a well written and narrated book. The people involved in his capture should be never forgotten for bringing him to justice.

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  • Mr A Kimberley
  • 06-24-20

Worth the price of entry...

Inersting insight into the story of how Eichmann was caught. Enjoyed it on the whole but probably wouldn't listen again. Give it a go.

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  • Jayceon1888
  • 06-24-20

Half a book of filler

I have heard the story of the capture of Eichmann so I was expecting to hear the full version told by the people who carried it out but the first half of the book is full of ( how the world owes the Jews ) and this agent makes himself out to by a Jewish superhero. Poor stuff

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-20

Enjoyable

Really enjoyed - there were some slow parts but ,I still recommend reading it.

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  • Jon
  • 10-12-19

Moving

This was a moving story which could almost have been a detective novel.
Once again the horror of the Holocaust comes back and the unrelenting desire by Israelis to bring the perpetrators to justice. A fast paced book to which I listened with great desire for a positive ending. Afterwards I watched the free movie (based on this book) available on YouTube. Well worth it.