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The House on Garibaldi Street is the true story of one of this century's most audacious intelligence operations - the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina by the Mossad, Israel's secret intelligence service. In a daring operation which shook the world, a team of elite Mossad agents, under the personal command of the legendary Mossad leader Isser Harel, kidnapped Eichm The House on Garibaldi Street is the true story of one of this century's most audacious intelligence operations - the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina by the Mossad, Israel's secret intelligence service. In a daring operation which shook the world, a team of elite Mossad agents, under the personal command of the legendary Mossad leader Isser Harel, kidnapped Eichmann and smuggled him to Israel. Eichmann's trial received unparalleled media coverage, and brought home to millions around the world the horror of the Holocaust through its principal co-ordinator. Eichmann was found guilty of genocide and was executed two years later. Harel's account was first published in 1975 and won world acclaim, being translated into more than 20 languages and selling more than a million copies. This new edition has been completely revised and updated. For the first time the real names and details of all Mossad personnel are revealed, as are important diplomatic contacts which shed new light on the political acceptability of the kidnapping, the operation being officially sanctioned not only by Israel, but also by West Germany. Shlomo Shpiro who worked personally with Isser Harel on the preparation of this new edition is an Israeli scholar specialising in intelligence and security issues. The House on Garibaldi Street has all the suspense, action and drama of a classic intelligence story - it is also an engrossing account to rival the best spy fiction.


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The House on Garibaldi Street is the true story of one of this century's most audacious intelligence operations - the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina by the Mossad, Israel's secret intelligence service. In a daring operation which shook the world, a team of elite Mossad agents, under the personal command of the legendary Mossad leader Isser Harel, kidnapped Eichm The House on Garibaldi Street is the true story of one of this century's most audacious intelligence operations - the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina by the Mossad, Israel's secret intelligence service. In a daring operation which shook the world, a team of elite Mossad agents, under the personal command of the legendary Mossad leader Isser Harel, kidnapped Eichmann and smuggled him to Israel. Eichmann's trial received unparalleled media coverage, and brought home to millions around the world the horror of the Holocaust through its principal co-ordinator. Eichmann was found guilty of genocide and was executed two years later. Harel's account was first published in 1975 and won world acclaim, being translated into more than 20 languages and selling more than a million copies. This new edition has been completely revised and updated. For the first time the real names and details of all Mossad personnel are revealed, as are important diplomatic contacts which shed new light on the political acceptability of the kidnapping, the operation being officially sanctioned not only by Israel, but also by West Germany. Shlomo Shpiro who worked personally with Isser Harel on the preparation of this new edition is an Israeli scholar specialising in intelligence and security issues. The House on Garibaldi Street has all the suspense, action and drama of a classic intelligence story - it is also an engrossing account to rival the best spy fiction.

30 review for The House On Garibaldi Street (Bantam Books Non Fiction)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lewis Weinstein

    This is a remarkably detailed account of the thinking and actions which went into the capture of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires in 1960, told by the man (head of Mossad Isser Harel) who organized and managed the entire mission. The writing is clear and honest, and even when you know the outcome, very exciting to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Allan

    In 1960-61 I was in junior high and I did a school project consisting of cutting out newspaper articles and putting them in a current events scrapbook. Near the back I stuck in a clipping showing a picture of Adolph Eichmann sitting at his jail-house desk reading a pile of books . I'm looking at that picture now. I was aware of Nazi atrocities having read an article on them featured in one of my dad's True magazines. Isser Harel came face to face with the monster and rendered him to ultimate jus In 1960-61 I was in junior high and I did a school project consisting of cutting out newspaper articles and putting them in a current events scrapbook. Near the back I stuck in a clipping showing a picture of Adolph Eichmann sitting at his jail-house desk reading a pile of books . I'm looking at that picture now. I was aware of Nazi atrocities having read an article on them featured in one of my dad's True magazines. Isser Harel came face to face with the monster and rendered him to ultimate justice. This book is an exemplary example of secret agent work of the highest , professional calibre. Eichmann had to be apprehended for the sake of all civilised human beings. This is a book that should be taught in schools as a reminder that W.W.II might have formally ended in 1945 but it's not over for the relatives of the victims.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David

    I sincerely enjoyed this book. I thought it was exciting and entertaining and gave a real insight in the challengers intelligence agencies face. We are given a window in which to observe ingenuity and on the spot thinking to it's max. There is not just the element of excitement that makes this book compelling. There is also a sincere sense of justice. This is felt most prevalently when Harel describes how the criminal affected the lives of those involved in the case and their families. The relie I sincerely enjoyed this book. I thought it was exciting and entertaining and gave a real insight in the challengers intelligence agencies face. We are given a window in which to observe ingenuity and on the spot thinking to it's max. There is not just the element of excitement that makes this book compelling. There is also a sincere sense of justice. This is felt most prevalently when Harel describes how the criminal affected the lives of those involved in the case and their families. The relief felt by those involved radiates off the page when Harel describes the excitement present at the time of his capture. I found the way the agents interacted with Eichman after his capture incredibly interesting as well. They were forced to take care of the man who masterminded the extermination of their loved ones and friends all so he could be brought to a fair trial in which his fate could be decided. I think this book is a testimony to justice and that alone is a reason it should be read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dawson

    Even though it’s been thirty years since I read this story, it has remained with me. Eichmann was the most sought-after Nazi after the collapse of the Third Reich. He had bragged on more than one occasion how he was instrumental in carrying out the Führer’s “Final Solution.” Like many he was able to escape to a sympathetic South America and continue living the good life. The fledgling organization, Mossad, spent months and months of preparation laying out a plan to bring him back to Israel and be Even though it’s been thirty years since I read this story, it has remained with me. Eichmann was the most sought-after Nazi after the collapse of the Third Reich. He had bragged on more than one occasion how he was instrumental in carrying out the Führer’s “Final Solution.” Like many he was able to escape to a sympathetic South America and continue living the good life. The fledgling organization, Mossad, spent months and months of preparation laying out a plan to bring him back to Israel and be tried for his crimes against humanity yet stay under the radar of the Argentinian police. To be caught would probably end the existence of the organization. The number of cars they rented is what impressed me the most. I lost count how many they would rent that would break-down or to keep a low profile, keep swapping out to avoid detection. An excellent story for any World War Two buff.

  5. 5 out of 5

    TaniaRina

    I’m speechless...beyond utterly speechless.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amar Pai

    Not gonna win any literary awards, but this book delivers the goods as far as operational details of a high stakes espionage action (the abduction of Eichmann from Argentina to stand trial in Israel) Harel methodically (some would say tediously) lays out all the planning that went into the operation, from the initial tip that led to Eichmann, to his identification, through his capture and retrieval. Lots of stuff to consider: -establishment of safe houses -document forgery (false passports etc) -tai Not gonna win any literary awards, but this book delivers the goods as far as operational details of a high stakes espionage action (the abduction of Eichmann from Argentina to stand trial in Israel) Harel methodically (some would say tediously) lays out all the planning that went into the operation, from the initial tip that led to Eichmann, to his identification, through his capture and retrieval. Lots of stuff to consider: -establishment of safe houses -document forgery (false passports etc) -tailing him and determining best location to abduct -drugging the captive -building a special room in a safehouse to hold him while waiting for flight out (it was a week delayed) -planning a special flight out to take him back -contingency planning for if they're caught etc. etc. It's interesting to contemplate how you'd pull off this kind of action today... very different world back in 1960. There were no flights from Israel to Argentina, rental cars were hard to come by, no internet or easy long distance communication... so many things. Israel was much newer then and the sting of the Holocaust hadn't faded The book also serves as a justification for the abduction. Not that one needs much convincing. Alas, the targets of abductions are rarely as clear cut "evil" as in this case. But it's satisfying here cos you don't really have moral qualms about it, and instead of sending him off to some Syrian dungeon a la "extraordinary rendition," they actually treat him humanely and put him on trial. Overall this book portrays state intelligence agents (spies or whatever you want to call them) as one imagines they should be: determined, persistent, cunning, brave, etc. It's a contrast to the comical incompetence you see in real life (i.e. CIA's exploding cigars, or any number of misadventures involving insurgent funding) Mossad is still ruthless, determined, and capable, and they're still pulling off capers of this kind. But they're way more ethically dubious these days. At least, I can't bring myself to see them through the same lens.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Nawrot

    This book is not going to be for everyone, but if you love books that involve WWII combined with real life investigative intrigue, this is one read YOU CANNOT MISS. So many of the Nazi commandants turned tail after the end of WWII and hid in the far reaches of the world, including Adolph Eichmann, who was the architect of the "final solution" that killed so many Jewish souls. For years following the war, it was the sole mission of Isser Harel, Chief Executive of the Secret Services of Israel, to This book is not going to be for everyone, but if you love books that involve WWII combined with real life investigative intrigue, this is one read YOU CANNOT MISS. So many of the Nazi commandants turned tail after the end of WWII and hid in the far reaches of the world, including Adolph Eichmann, who was the architect of the "final solution" that killed so many Jewish souls. For years following the war, it was the sole mission of Isser Harel, Chief Executive of the Secret Services of Israel, to find these bastards and bring them to justice. Every tip, every rumor, every sighting was pursued, until one clue came to the surface in the late 50's that unearthed Eichmann in Buenos Aires, South America. This is the story of that pursuit. Every tactical move, every bit of reconnaissance, the planning, the task force, of identifying, capturing, and smuggling the man back to Israel for a trial. (The fear was that if South American officials learned of the plot, Eichmann would get caught up in extradition proceedings and never be brought to justice.) The plot is very well-written and fast-paced. The level of detail needed to pull off such a feat was simply mind-blowing to me. My only complaint is that upon the completion of this book, the reader must do their own research to actually learn the fate of this man. I also want to add that if you want a cherry on top, you should watch "The Eichmann Show" on Netflix. It is a dramatization of the the trial of Eichmann, the first one of it's kind that was filmed and shown to the world. In this movie, you actually see footage of Eichmann, as well as those who testified against him. Fascinating stuff, and something you will not soon forget.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Celeste Miller

    Boy howdy, was this ever a boring book. But how can a book about Nazi hunting be boring, you ask? Trust me, it can. Flat writing (seriously, my middle school diary entries about what I got for back-to-school shopping are more interesting), zero characterization, and a "hunt" that's about as fast-paced as watching paint dry. My 84-year-old demented grandmother has craftier moves than Eichmann did in Buenos Aires. And though it takes place in Buenos-effing-Aires, it might as well have transpired i Boy howdy, was this ever a boring book. But how can a book about Nazi hunting be boring, you ask? Trust me, it can. Flat writing (seriously, my middle school diary entries about what I got for back-to-school shopping are more interesting), zero characterization, and a "hunt" that's about as fast-paced as watching paint dry. My 84-year-old demented grandmother has craftier moves than Eichmann did in Buenos Aires. And though it takes place in Buenos-effing-Aires, it might as well have transpired in Toledo, Ohio, so little sense of place was there ("a rundown house in a working class neighborhood" - yep, that really transports me). But I suppose that when the most harrowing action took place 15+ years before this book even begins, you're kind of setting yourself up for disappointment.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hermien

    Written (with some bias) by the head of Mossad in charge of the capture of Eichmann but notwithstanding a fascinating story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Relstuart

    This is the story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina by Jewish agents as told by the operation leader. Interesting how they heard about him being there from someone who told someone who told someone and it eventually got back to the people that could go get him. One of the best parts about the way this story is told is how the author explains the personal connections between the agents history of harm from the efforts to exterminate them and Eichmann. Some of their stories were horrib This is the story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina by Jewish agents as told by the operation leader. Interesting how they heard about him being there from someone who told someone who told someone and it eventually got back to the people that could go get him. One of the best parts about the way this story is told is how the author explains the personal connections between the agents history of harm from the efforts to exterminate them and Eichmann. Some of their stories were horrible, about how their family members were killed before their eyes or how they were seperated in a death camp never to see each other again. They smuggled him out of Argentina in a plane. They told the crew who they had prisenor as they were taking off. One of them had watched his younger brother be killed in front of him and his mother and sister were sent to the gas chambers. He immeditatly burst into tears when was told they had caught Eichmann. It seemed like every one of the agents had some personal loss from the Nazi genocide. And yet one of them discussed whether it was right for them to make provision for Eichmann's family in Argentina since they were snatching away the breadwinner. Fairly well paced though I could see where an outside author could tie all the pieces together well for a faster paced re-telling. The book does not discuss Argentina's reaction when they found out that Israel snatched this guy up and snuck him out of their country. And it does not discuss the trial of Eichmann or trial results.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Velvetink

    Read a long time ago - inherited from mum's shelves. Read a long time ago - inherited from mum's shelves.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mannie Liscum

    The House on Garibaldi Street” by Isser Harel, former head of the Israeli Intelligence and Security Service (the Mossad), from 1952–1963, is a rousing 5 star page turner. The book details the successful efforts to bring to final justice Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Nazi’s ‘Final Solution of the Jewish Question.’ Harel’s account of the events that took place over a period of three years (1957-1960) in finding, indentifying, capturing (in Argentina), and bringing Eichmann to trial (in Isra The House on Garibaldi Street” by Isser Harel, former head of the Israeli Intelligence and Security Service (the Mossad), from 1952–1963, is a rousing 5 star page turner. The book details the successful efforts to bring to final justice Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Nazi’s ‘Final Solution of the Jewish Question.’ Harel’s account of the events that took place over a period of three years (1957-1960) in finding, indentifying, capturing (in Argentina), and bringing Eichmann to trial (in Israel) is both intellectually well-written and viscerally gripping. One cannot read this book and not feel the pride of an entire people of accomplishment of a small band of dedicated individuals to bring one of the worlds most infamous murderers to justice. One wonders if great espionage thriller writers like Ian Fleming or Alistair MacClean could have created works of fiction to rival this true story. And the moral pay-off of Harel’s story sets it apart fully from any of their more trite, if exciting, tales. What a wonderful read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    David

    I had read this book many years ago and recently read one on this same topic by another author. I also saw the movie Operation Finale that presented a Hollywood adaptation with some changes for dramatic purposes. So I thought I would re-read this book by Isser Harel who was the Mossad leader of the operation. It was still loaded with suspense and makes a great story about pursuit of justice without the changes made for the movie. If you are looking for a more complete view of the search for and I had read this book many years ago and recently read one on this same topic by another author. I also saw the movie Operation Finale that presented a Hollywood adaptation with some changes for dramatic purposes. So I thought I would re-read this book by Isser Harel who was the Mossad leader of the operation. It was still loaded with suspense and makes a great story about pursuit of justice without the changes made for the movie. If you are looking for a more complete view of the search for and capture of Adolph Eichmann, this would be for you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Pongracz

    This is the chilling true story of the hunt, investigation, planning, capture and transport of Adolf Eichmann from Argentina to Israel, to stand trial for his role as one of the major architects of the Holocaust. It is written by Isser Harel, the former chief of Israel's Secret Service, and is the basis of the recent film "Operation Finale." This is the chilling true story of the hunt, investigation, planning, capture and transport of Adolf Eichmann from Argentina to Israel, to stand trial for his role as one of the major architects of the Holocaust. It is written by Isser Harel, the former chief of Israel's Secret Service, and is the basis of the recent film "Operation Finale."

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Majors

    fascinating account of the capture of Adolf Eichmann written by the former head of Israel's Secret Service, who oversaw the operation at the time. If you've not read "Hunting Eichmann", I'd read it first, as it is written in more of a story format than this one, though this one was also hard to put down. fascinating account of the capture of Adolf Eichmann written by the former head of Israel's Secret Service, who oversaw the operation at the time. If you've not read "Hunting Eichmann", I'd read it first, as it is written in more of a story format than this one, though this one was also hard to put down.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael Evans

    Great historical story, but the writing gets so muddled in constantly overemphasizing minute details. I was disappointed :( I really wanted to like it but it just wore me out after the first half of the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Reva

    This book was unbelievable! It read like a fiction spy novel but it really happened. I did not realize what was involved in this case. I also never realized how Important it was to try Eichmann in Israel and the impact on educating Israelis and the world on what happened in WW II.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Backer

    A lot of detail, a LOT. Fascinating look into the work that went into the capture of Adolph Eichmann. I found it interesting, but sometimes it was hard to keep the people straight, as well as the timelines. They did it all before cell phones and laptops.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kaite

    Important read, although difficult at times to read about the true horrors that Eichmann and the Third Reich carried out. There are a few too many names and characters to accurately keep track of, and that did get confusing at times. Overall though, this is such an incredible story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John King

    I read this 40 years ago and still remember it. Fascinating account of how the Mossad located, stalked, and kidnapped Adolph Eichmann in Argentina in 1960.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Fairfield

    Gave up on it. Boring.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Extremely compelling, well-told story, without a lot of fluff or unnecessary information.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Byron Mavrick

    Excellent book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nitin Tomer

    Fascinating insight in the world of espionage...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Biblio

    If you want to know how the old spy works before there are computers and mobile phones, read this book. A true story thriller from the horse’s mouth.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bernie Berger

    What’s incredible about this book is that it’s non-fiction. Kind of hard to keep all the characters in mind, but ultimately that’s not a big problem

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna Herrick

    Story of the capture of Adolf Eichman by the head of Israeli Secret Service

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marshall Allred

    It was a great in depth read of the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. I think it’s a read for everyone. Especially if you want to know more about the history post WWII

  29. 5 out of 5

    Roddy

    Not as good as I expected - quite mundane and not well written.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    An interesting account on how the Mossad brought to justice Adolf Eichmann, the man in charge of implementing the Jewish Holocaust during World War II.

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