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Send Down the Master in Person: Reflections on Adolf Eichmann by A. Keith Carreiro begins with the author's exquisite poem about "The Greatest Generation" or World War II era soldiers, families, victims, and others living and dying in the shadow of the Holocaust and Adolf Eichmann. Told from the point of view of a fictional Mossad agent, this annotated poem rises to the level of important literature, accompanied by historical facts that follow it. Part art, part history, part fiction, but all a piece of work that gives a bow and a word of gratitude to everyone affected by this dark chapter in history.
Carreiro has a talent for blending history with poetry, which makes for an irresistible read. The author goes from sweeping generalized observations of the horror of the Nazis to fine details that make you feel that you are right at his side witnessing it all, and living it all. In a way, you feel that you are taking in a film, listening to the narrator explaining what is unfolding on the screen, or in this case, unfolding in the past. The words reach deep to pull out painful imagery, then take you to lofty heights that reflect both hope and tragedy. The poet seeks to take us into the mindset of war and those who perpetrated and endured agony and death.
The phrasing and word choice never let you forget you're reading a poem, but later, in the endnotes, you feel taken into almost documentary-style facts and images. It's amazing how the author brings history to the present with words and photos, which makes it easy for readers to compare past tragedy to modern-day pain and strife, and hopefully, learn from it. Send Down the Master in Person by A. Keith Carreiro would be perfect to have in a classroom, library, or individual collection. Don't miss this transformative work.