Poke the Publisher: Eichmann In My Hands

Abandoned books make me sad, but especially when they're incredibly compelling first-person accounts of history in the making. I first stumbled upon "Eichmann In My Hands" when I was in college writing a paper on the famous Milgram experiment, and I was captivated by this story.

Peter Malkin was an Israeli secret agent and was part of the team that captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960 and brought him to Israel to stand trial for war crimes committed during World War II. Eichmann had been one of the Nazis adamantly committed to Jewish genocide and had even ignored Himmler's orders in 1945 to stop the Jewish extermination and cover up evidence -- Eichmann made sure the trains in Hungary were still running until he was finally forced to flee Hungary to live in secrecy in Argentina. While the rest of the world chose to forget about Eichmann, the Mossad agency decided to make his capture a high priority.

This first person account tells the life and story of the man who actually captured Eichmann along with a team of professionals. The writing is clever and engaging, and at some points quite funny and surprising -- for instance, when the Mossad agents arrive in Argentina in May in short sleeves and summer clothes only to realize that Argentina is in the southern hemisphere and it is therefore the beginning of winter. Oops!

According to his Wikipedia page, Peter Malkin died in 2005, and I can't even imagine who has inherited his book rights, but if ever a book deserved to be retained and resold in eBook form, "Eichmann In My Hands" does. Whether or not you agree with the goal of the Mossad to track down, capture, and try the Nazi leaders for war crimes, Malkin's fluid narration really hits the reader with how deep and personal this quest is and how it provides an incredible sense of closure to him and his family.

Amazon links are here, here, and here.

Remember: Readers who post in the comments that they've poked the publisher via any or all of these links will be mentioned in a subsequent "Poke the Publisher" entry, which is a level of fame that will open doors at least as easily as infinite wealth, extravagant beauty, and perpetual immortality.

Also remember: By poking the publisher, you are not indicating that YOU are waiting to buy this book in e-Book format, but rather that your dear friend Ana is waiting to buy this book in e-Book format to review, dissect, deconstruct, and otherwise desecrate for your reading pleasure. And buy it I shall, just as soon as it comes available in the U.S. of A.

Credit for last week's Poke the Publisher feature must go to keri, Cupcakedoll, Gelliebean, Brin Bellway (who pokes in spirit, from the icy nation of Canada), and Pamela Merritt. Each one of these delightful people are way too attractive to be employed as spies because of the constant flattering attention they draw to themselves, but they are very adept at providing timely distractions during crucial moments involving souffles and/or juggling mimes.


Brin Bellway said...

*astral poke*

from the icy nation of Canada

Not in June. It's 73F here, which is actually colder than usual (it's mostly been hovering in the mid-80s). It's even above freezing in Iqaluit today, at a balmy three degrees Celsius*.

*Due to the double standards I've developed from having lived in both New Jersey and Ontario, I prefer to use Celsius when it's cold and Fahrenheit when it's hot. 50F is starting to get unpleasantly cold, but 10C is merely cool, even though they're technically the same. Similarly, 30C is hot but 85F is merely warm.

Ana Mardoll said...

*head explodes*

For me, it would be backward: the low number would be cool and the high number would be warm. So for cold weather, given 10C/50F, I'd prefer the "balmy" 50F; for warm weather, given 30C/85F, I'd prefer the soothing 30C. How odd.

Then again, I do NOT speak Celsius, so there's that. 

Liz Kales said...

I think I "poked the publisher," Anna. I hit the link under "tell the publisher" so hoping that does the trick. Sounds interesting.

Gelliebean said...

Poking accomplished!  :-D

Brin Bellway said...

For me, it would be backward: the low number would be cool and the high number would be warm.

Ordinarily, yes, but I associate Fahrenheit with the warmer climate of New Jersey and the standards thereof, and the same with Celsius and Ontario.

By New Jersey standards, it doesn't start getting actually hot until 90, and it doesn't get extremely hot until 100. It starts getting cold at 50, becoming extremely cold at around 25.

In Celsius-using Ontario*, pedestrians are often seen wearing shorts at 0**. It's not cold until at least -5, and doesn't get extremely cold until -20 to -25, depending on the individual. It's hot at 25 and extremely hot somewhere between 30 and 35.

In order to exploit the double standard for maximum comfort, use Celsius if it's below 60F/15C, and Fahrenheit if it's at or above 70F/21C. The 60s/high teens could go either way.

*Sort of. Home thermostats use Fahrenheit by default and our oven doesn't even have a Celsius option, but in public it's generally Celsius.

**Not me, mind you, but I might be wearing a light or no jacket over my sweatsuit, when I definitely would have had a winter coat on in New Jersey.

Cupcakedoll said...

Poked.  And almost ordered, but I resisted.  This having you suggest an interesting book every week is not going to help my efforts to reduce my persional library and uncover the carpet!

May I mention my favorite abandoned books?  Well, I'm going to anyway!

Alexander Key, best known for writing the book that became the Disney movie Escape To Witch Mountain was the author of a half dozen equally magical childrens books.  They're not the BEST kids' books ever, but they have a special feeling sort of like the emotion of a Hayao Miyazaki movie.  And the books were orphaned when Mr. Key's son died unexpectedly and without an heir.  So nobody knows who owns the copyrights and nobody can get them onto Kindle!  It's just tragic.  I can only hope their passage into public domain will save them from disappearing entirely.

Ana Mardoll said...

@309c56667ee9b28daec59e51eb5bc586:disqus   I haven't heard of Key before, but you had me at Hayao Miyazaki. I hope you're right and they work out the rights soon -- that's always so frustrating as a reader. :(

Dav said...

Poked.  Only, like, a week late, but that's how I roll these days. 

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