Two things struck me in reading this well-told history. First, the Eichmann trial was the catalyst for the world truly understanding the magnitude of Nazi crimes. Following WW2 there was such fatigue that recognition or acceptance of what took place was not front and centre. When Israel stood Eichmann up in the dock in 1961, the world had to confront what had taken place. Second, the author ably demonstrates that Eichmann was unrepentant to the end. This comes across as arrogance, superiority and self-delusional rationalization. Regardless, this is a fascinating aspect of the book.
Bascomb ably documents Eichmann's complicity and active (if not, leading role) in The Final Solution. Through the years certain parties have attempted to downplay Eichmann claiming he was a high ranking bookkeeper. The famous kidnapping reads more like fiction than fact. In this we see and feel the pain of the Israelis who seek justice and peace. The book earns five stars but I wish more content had been given to the trial especially that of public opinion from around the world.