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True Stories of Great Escapes

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Presents forty-two accounts of death-defying attempts to escape and elude captors, including Winston Churchill's account of his daring prison break during the Boer War.
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published August 1st 1978 by Random House Inc
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Nandakishore Varma
Sep 20, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it
Whatever be its drawbacks (and it has many), Reader's Digest has given me hours of reading pleasure in my youth. This tome is one from their series of coffee-table books. It details the daring escapes attempted and achieved by desperate men and women.

Some of the stories are very familiar and still remain in the mind: Paul Brickhill's "Tunnel to Freedom", on which the movie "The Great Escape" was based; "The Long Walk", about the prisoners who supposedly walked from Siberia to India (since then d
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Allison Tebo
Oct 12, 2016 Allison Tebo rated it it was amazing
Amazing and inspiring read about humans need to be free.

Content: These stories are real people and real scenarios and a lot of what these people suffered isn't pleasant. The chapter about the prisoners and the young girl escaping across the desert in particular is quite vivid and very sad. For older readers.

Iva
May 18, 2016 Iva rated it really liked it
Very fascinating stories of escape from a great variety of situations: from prison, from POW camps, from Communist countries, from legal sentences, etc. The stories are wonderful and well-chosen: the reason I did not give 4 stars was more about the quality of each one and how it was condensed. Sometimes endings just fell flat and there were other quality issues, but for a book that holds interest, this one is tops.
Mark Henderson
May 07, 2014 Mark Henderson rated it really liked it
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I read this back in the 80s and loved each story. There is nothing as exciting as a nail-bitingly tense escape. Each of the stories within the anthology fulfills its purpose by placing you in the thick of action. The Long Walk is the longest story as well as the longest escape. Enjoy!
John
Aug 01, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Some of the stories are really long, and it's very pro-Allies (though a few stories are Axis personnel escaping), but otherwise, it's a great read.
Len Knighton
Wonderful stories of the human spirit, including the famous Great Escape memorialized in the motion picture starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and others.
Don Wilton
Aug 28, 2016 Don Wilton rated it it was ok
Some good stories here but I had to discard it when I realised that this was the usual Readers Digest fare of anti- communist propaganda
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