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Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History

(The Killing of Historical Figures)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  909 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Confronting Nazi evil is the subject of the latest installment in the mega-bestselling Killing series.
As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were swiftly caught, including the notorious SS leader, Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture throu
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Jonathan David Botchlett
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bill O’Reilly and his lesser known co-author manages to write history in a very easy to read way that is great for those who aren’t professional historians. This latest book covers the post World War II era of Nazi hunting, and while the book reveals no new revelations it is still quite good and well researched. Unfortunately, the book lacks the countdown page turning quality of his books like Killing Kennedy or Killing Lincoln. Still, all in all, I’d highly recommended this book to those intere ...more
Robin Case
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Page turner, I finished in one sitting.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
So many decades- so much time since WWII and still the repercussions of "search" continue. They do.
If only now to skeleton and DNA materials for evidence.

This is history. And the realistic outcomes and events that have happened continually since the ends of 1944/1945 with the collapse of the main NAZI party structure/ army in Berlin itself. The telling is often in flashback fashion too to encompass witness "eyes" for/to acts and processes either being persecuted by these sadists or for their hun
Greg Kopstein
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m far from an O’Reilly fanatic, but I have read all of his Killing series installments. I’ve liked them all so this one was a no-brainer for me. I got through it in 3 days - it was that engaging. It takes a lot to earn 5 stars from me, and I’m not so sure this was a slam-dunk 5, but it achieved all its goals, was well researched and engaging, so 5 stars it is.

This book guides us on a hunt across time, continents, and even oceans in our quest for the fanatical Nazi killers - The SS. I’m no expe
Barbara Salamon
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book

I have read all of the “killing” books, all excellent. This one does not disappoint, read it in a day. Although it jumps around a bit, it is still easy to follow. A must read for all school children, this history MUST not be forgotten, for fear of it happening again with any group of people. Can’t wait for next book........
Deborah Young
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read!!!

This is a spell-binder! Very interesting read. I didn't want to put it down. O'Reilly has done an excellent job researching this book.
W. Nolan
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read

I was somehow expecting a book about the SS during WWII. Instead, it is a book about the hunting down of SS war criminals after the war. As usual, very well written.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As with all the Killing books, this was great reading. It's amazing how long the hunt for Nazis has continued
Debra Jeakins
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
KILLING THE SS:THE HUNT FOR THE WORST WAR CRIMINALS IN HISTORY BY BILL O'REILLY & MARTIN DUGARD is the latest in Mr.O'Reilly's "killing" series. This time his focus is on four of the worst and most notorious war criminals in WWII : Adolf Eichmann, the German who coordinated and organized the "Final Solution" resulting in the deaths of millions of Jews. Martin Bormann, Hitler's right hand man and official successor as leader of the Reich . Klaus Barbie SS and Gestapo , who tortured and killed ...more
H.C. Harrington
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bad-books
O’Reilly fails to bring anything new to the readers in this rehashing of post-WW2 Nazi hunting.

At points, the writing is stiff and the characters lack unique space. Essentially, we are dealing with a flat story.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
As many reviewers have already remarked, there's nothing really new or profound to this book. But you're unfamiliar with this period of history and want to start with something less academic, this is a good choice. O'Reilly and Dugard's writing is engaging and exciting, and regardless of how much you already know about the subject, the book is a suspenseful and fast-paced narrative of a "hunt" that continues even to this day.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must Read

Like all rest, a good read, easy to read, smooth. Tells the story that most ask for. Many things come to LIGHT, many thing you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Waiting for next addition of killing series.
John Lucas
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O’Reilly and Dugard knock it out of the park again! Couldn’t put this book down
Mary Jo
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting despite its horrific subject. Dismaying in how many of the SS men and women never faced punishment. Disturbing to find out the US paid social security to some of them.
Jim Brown
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I have enjoyed reading and learning from all of the books written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard in the “Killing” series of books and this one is no exception.

Reading this book is made easier if you have any knowledge of World War II and Nazi Germany. I am constantly shocked at how little most Americans under the age of 50 (in 2018) actually know about World War II and the crimes committed by then Nazi Germany as governed by Adolph Hitler. If they did they would not be as loose w
Gunnar Esiason
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
O’Reilly and Dugard continue to stray from their first ‘Killing’ books and examine larger stories. ‘Killing the SS’ was, at its core, a jump into the darkest parts of World War II and the immediate aftermath. While most stories in the series are gruesome, ‘Killing the SS’ spares no detail, which at times makes the reading quite uncomfortable. The scenes depicting the Holocaust were difficult to read, but necessary to paint the picture of evil around some of the fiercest SS leaders. The book loos ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here's my standard disclaimer: I've never watched O'Reilly on his TV show (that he's since been fired from) but these books are so well researched and documented they are fascinating to read.
Marybeth Wright
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and informative. Any history buff would love this. It was remarkable how many of the SS traveled to
South America to hide.
Michele Green
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great history read. I learned so much!
Wanda Keith
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though this was not one of my favorite Bill O'Reilly/Martin Dugard 'Killing' series books...perhaps because it involves the Holocaust...I am still giving it five stars because of the wealth of information included in this book and the easy way it is presented. SS is short for Schutzstaffel which means "protection squadron." The SS was originally Hitler's personal body guards but under Heinrich Himmler was given much wider powers. 'Killing the SS' delves into what some of the members of the SS di ...more
Schuyler Wallace
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It would be interesting to know the relationship between Bill O’Reilly and his co-author, Martin Dugard. Rumblings out there credit Dugard as being the real author of their “Killing “ series with O’Reilly providing a big name that promotes sales. As a reader, what’s important is the knowledge I gain when reading their books. I am aware that Dugard is a bona fide historian and, at best, O’Reilly’s accreditation is hazy. So it’s important to me, in reading their engrossing books, to know that Duga
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Killing the SS, Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard, authors; Bill O’Reilly, narrator
The book is very well researched, though perhaps, not as well organized with characters coming and going, sometimes without appropriate explanation. Concisely, however, the authors outline the history leading up to, and the years of, World War II, including its conclusion and the ensuing hunt for the evil men who planned and executed the vicious, cold-blooded murder of millions.
Although it summarizes those circumstance
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book interesting. The first 2/3 (mainly on Eichmann) was addictive and I stayed up way too late for several nights reading. After that, I lost interest a bit. The book pieced together other small stories and limped to a close.

This book was written in an inflammatory style, which was off putting. It instinctively made me question things. Maybe the Nazis are the one situation that actually deserved such writing, but I don't think I'll read another book in this series. Obviously, the
Brent Soderstrum
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read all of the Killing books that O'Reilly and Dugard have written and I have enjoyed them all. As a history major in college I have always enjoyed learning about our past and the Killing series does a great job of telling whatever story the book is covering.

In this one we learn about the SS, the atrocities they committed, and the hunt for the leaders of the Nazi party after WWII. The four main war criminals covered were Adolf Eichmann, Martin Borman, Klaus Barbie, and Josef Mengele. Onl
Lucille Zimmerman
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever read a Bill O'Reilly/Martin Dugard book (Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus...) you know why you would never hesitate to order their next book.

The books are incredibly well-researched, told in non-political fashion, and written in the style of In Cold Blood: Non-fiction but told like a fast-reading novel.

I didn't realize when I ordered this book that it was not about Hitler and the Nazis per se. It's about the specific men and women underneath Hitler, who carried ou
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I strongly believe that this type of historical information needs to be in the forefront of teaching the younger generations. I don't think there is any doubt that a lack of understanding about the scope of evil that existed a mere 79 (invasion of Poland) years ago, is plaguing the U.S. and causing a lack of perspective. I can't tell you how infuriating it is to hear far-left types throwing around terms like Nazis and Hitler in today's political environment because it just reinforces the total l ...more
Kathy Lyons
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting subject

I gave this book 4 stars because of the subject material, not because of the sub-par writing.

From a historical perspective, this book covers important material. The sickness of the Nazi's and their methods must be understood, so it is never repeated. How human beings can treat others the way the Nazi's treated the Jewish people is beyond most people's imagination. I was surprised to learn of the Nazi's serving in the West German government after the war as well as German
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This is more the story of the Nazi hunters following the collapse of the Third Reich and following the Nuremberg Trials. While it examines the SS – and their unspeakable atrocities – it concentrates on the following 30 years as the authors tell of the eventual fates of Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Goring, Josef Mengele, Adolf Eichmann, Martin Bormann and Klaus Barbie. It’s SHIOCKING to contemplate how any persons – let alone governments (what was Argentina thinking!?) – would aide in the escape and ...more
Amy Hurley
This book is a giant maze.

I usually enjoy this Bill OReilly series. However this book has so many criminals the reader is following, plus the time sequences moving from one decade to another makes it a big mess. I think it would have been better to introduce all the criminals at the beginning of the book and move forward in time decade by decade. Instead the authors cause confusion because they intertwine all the criminals, even introducing new SS members halfway or near the end of the book. Th
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
As with all of the "Killing" books, I learned much from this book. It was hard to read at times but in my opinion, a subject that it is important to never forget.
I have read many books about the subject of WWII and the Holocaust but it is still so hard for me to believe people can be so evil and almost a whole country can turn a blind eye to the unthinkable acts that the Nazi's and the SS inflicted on a whole race of people.
I learned a lot about the Nazi hunters that worked for decades to brin
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Bill O'Reilly's success in broadcasting and publishing is unmatched. The iconic anchor of The O'Reilly Factor led the program to the status of the highest rated cable news broadcast in the nation for sixteen consecutive years. His website is followed by millions all over the world.

In addition, he has authored an astonishing 12 number one ranked non-fiction books including the histo

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“Immediately after the war, a group of Jewish partisans known as the Nokmim traveled throughout Germany and Austria hunting down former members of the SS. Also known as the Avengers, this band of mercenaries paid by the government of Great Britain made northern Italy their home base.3” 0 likes
“However, all works of history lean on a smaller bank of key resources as a gateway into the research: The Nazi Hunters and Hunting Eichmann by Neal Bascomb; The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski; Hunting Evil by Guy Walters; Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends by Tom Segev; Nazi Hunter: The Wiesenthal File by Alan Levy; Nazis on the Run: How Hitler’s Henchmen Fled Justice by Gerald Steinacher; The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men by Eric Lichtblau; the seminal Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt; and the equally spectacular Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth. The best research we came across concerning the validity of claims about the existence of an ODESSA group can be found in The Real Odessa: How Peron Brought the Nazi War Criminals to Argentina by Uki Goni.” 0 likes
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