The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb is one of this year’s nonfiction award winners. It tells the tail of how one of the world’s most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichman, was tracked down and brought to justice.
Bascomb weaves this true story in a way that is easy for teen readers to understand, starting with the end of the war. He then details how Adolf Eichman came to be in his position, how he escaped at the end of the war, how he made his way to Argentina like so many others, then how he was identified, and the Israeli mission to capture him. There is a lot to take in in the 215 pages, which is why it took me the longest to read this one. However, it was a fascinating real life spy story.
There is a whole list of citations in the back of the book by chapter, as well as other reading material on the subject making this book great for high school history projects.
I give it Three and a Half Lightsabers, but it is definitely deserving of it’s Best in Nonfiction award.