Hanns and Rudolf ... Summary of best book of the year reviews

It's been quite a run with the end of the year reviews for Hanns and Rudolf. Here is a summary:

 

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for Biography

 

'A chilling portrait of the banality of evil'. - Ben Macintyre, The Times Books of the Year

 

‘[an] extraordinary story…The tale of how he then doggedly tracked down Rudolf Hőss, the merciless commandant of Auschwitz is stunning – not just because it is so gripping, but because Harding interweaves Hann’s life story fascinatingly with Hőss’s…A compelling, remarkable picture of war and its aftermath.’   - The Sunday Times Books of the Year

 

‘Harding sketches the parallel lives of the SS officer with notable skill. The book is a moving reminder of what an extraordinary amount Britain gained by the Jewish flight from Europe in the 1930s.’  - Max Hastings, Guardian Books of the Year

 

‘Hanns and Rudolf tells the mesmeric tale of his uncle’s hunt for an arch perpetrator of the Jewish Holocaust.’  - John le Carré, The Telegraph Books of the Year

 

'This superlative look at two men - one, Rudolf Höss, the Kommandant of Auschwitz; the other, Hanns Alexander, the man who arrested him - makes for uncomfortable, but essential reading.' - Stuart Evers, Netgalley Books of the Year

 

'The detective story approach worked well in Thomas Harding's Hanns and Rudolf'. - Ben Shephard, Observer History Books of the Year

 

'An unexpected delight … It is amazingly well researched, resists judgement, and above all is an utterly compelling read.'  - David Shrigley, New Statesman books of the year

 

'As gripping as a Le Carré thriller, this is the remarkable story of two Germans who took radically different paths in life that converged when one tracked the other down as part of the British War Crimes Investigation Team.' - Metro Newspaper,

 

“Hanns and Rudolf” by Thomas Harding (Simon & Schuster, $26) was the standout book of the year for its ability to wring a series of emotions from the reader: shock, disgust, despair, excitement and relief. The true story of how a British Jewish soldier tracked down and caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz is at one point a sobering account of the darkest chapter of the 20th century and then, once the chase is on, an electrifying thriller that has us cheering for the hero. Victim becomes victor in a book with an ending that offers the ultimate in cathartic release.' - Malcolm Forbes, Minneapolis Star Tribune, books of the year