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Simon Wiesenthal by Tom Segev
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Apr 03, 2012 | ISBN 9780805212082

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“Mr. Segev, justly celebrated for his histories of formative moments of the state of Israel, is as careful a biographer as he is an historian. . . . Gripping yet sober, this meticulous portrait of a complicated man is unlikely to be bettered.”
The Economist 

“[A] meticulous yet forceful new biography . . . [Segev’s] book delivers not merely an intimate account of Wiesenthal’s life and times, but also judicious examinations of the many controversial and little-known aspects of that life. . . . It is a serious pleasure to imagine a new generation of readers discovering his life in this careful telling.”
The New York Times

“Segev sticks to the ‘true story,’ [which is] what makes all of his work so compelling. Telling the unvarnished truth ultimately honors the man he is writing about, and Wisenthal emerges from Segev’s book as an even richer and more consequential character than the one he invented for himself.”
—Los Angeles Times

“Segev is one of the world’s great investigative reporters—in a class with bloodhounds like Seymour Hersh and the late David Halberstam. . . . The real achievement of this warts-and-all biography [is] that truth, justice, and memory are the province not of saints, but of flawed human beings.”
—Susan Jacoby, The Washington Post

“Tom Segev has produced a biography that is a model of fascinating description and measured analysis.”
—The Sunday Times (UK)

“Segev paints a vivid portrait of this human dynamo who made it his life’s work to make people not only confront and remember the Nazi genocide but also to punish as many of its perpetrators as possible.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A brilliant and gripping account of an extraordinary life. It draws upon extensive research to offer new insights into the complex personality as well as the notable achievements of Simon Wiesenthal.”
—Sir Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler: A Biography


National Book Critics Circle Awards SUBMITTED 2010

Table Of Contents

Introduction: The Glass Box 
1. “Eichmann Is My Passion” 
2. “During That Period, We Never Took Hitler Seriously” 
3. “See You on the Soap Shelf”
4. “Who Knows Her? Who Has Seen Her?”
5. “The Duty of an Austrian Patriot”
6. “That’s How I Became a Stamp Collector”
7. “I Hope You’re Not Coming to See Me” 
8. “I Always Said He’s in Buenos Aires”
9. “Sleuth with 6 Million Clients”
10. “You May Have Thought He Was Happy, But He Also Cried Sometimes”
11. “A Huge Mass of Rotten Flesh”
12. “Auschwitz Lines”
13. “What Would You Have Done?”
14. “Kreisky Is Going Mad”
15. “Better Than Any Monster”
16. “Mr. Wiesenthal, I Claim, Had Different Relations with the Gestapo from Mine”
17. “It’s Not Easy to Be My Wife”
18. “The Children . . . Were Actually the Same Children”
19. “Only So That Mengele’s Name Would Not Be Forgotten”
20. “As If I Were Already Dead”
21. “Sleazenthal”
22. “We All Made Mistakes in Our Youth” 

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