Mengele: The Complete Story

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9780070505988: Mengele: The Complete Story

Based on exclusive and unrestricted access to more than 5,000 pages of personal writings and family photos, this definitive biography of German physician and SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Josef Mengele (1911-1979) probes the personality and motivations of Auschwitz's "Angel of Death." From May 1943 through January 1945, Mengele selected who would be gassed immediately, who would be worked to death, and who would serve as involuntary guinea pigs for his spurious and ghastly human experiments (twins were Mengele's particular obsession). With authority and insight, Mengele examines the entire life of the world's most infamous doctor.

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Gerald L. Posner is the bestselling author of Hitler's Children, Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, and Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He lives in New York City. Producer and author John Ware lives in London.

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Well researched and wonderfully free of all the customary fantasy and exaggeration.... Fascinating. (The New York Review Of Books)

It's a pity that the official search for him did not match the vigor with which Posner and Ware stalk their subject in print. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

The fullest account yet published.... Posner and Ware examine the efforts to bring the doctor to trial, separate fact from legend, account for the false trails that enticed Israeli agents and self-appointed Nazi hunters, and explain why he was never caught. ... Mengele is filled with startling touches. The book is an exciting chronicle of escape, evasion, and close calls. (Publishers Weekly)

[A] welcome addition to the study of the Holocaust.... Mengele offers us insight into one of the most infamous perpetrators of the holocaust. (Michael Berenbaum, director, Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University)

Students of the Holocaust are fortunate to have this book in print once again. Posner and Ware have aptly titled their book; this is the complete story. The authors bring flair to the telling. It is a riveting tale. (The Historian)

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