There is a very interesting review of a book in the NY TIMES today. You can read it here. Drawing on a very large cache of documents dating from the time that Adolf Eichmann was "hiding" in Argentina [the German government apparently knew where he was], the book shows him to have been a fully self-conscious dedicated Nazi who was devoted to the cause of exterminating the Jews. He was in no way "banal," and knew exactly what he was doing, contrary to the persona he presented during his trial. This completely undercuts Hannah Arendt's famously controversial thesis in Eichmann in Jerusalem.
One knowledgeable historian made the following striking comment:
“She had the right type but the wrong guy,” said the historian Christopher R. Browning, the author of “Ordinary Men,” an influential 1992 study of a German police battalion that killed tens of thousands of Jews in Poland. “There were all sorts of people like Eichmann was pretending to be, which is why his strategy worked.”
I do not have a dog in this hunt, as they say in the backwoods down here, so I simply call your attention to the book and the review, if you are interested.