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Neal Bascomb

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Neal Bascomb is a national award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of a number of books, all non-fiction narratives, all focused on inspiring stories of adventure or achievement. His work has been translated into over 18 languages, featured in several documentaries, and optioned for major film and television projects.

Born in Colorado and raised in St. Louis, he is the product of public school and lots of time playing hockey. He earned a double degree in Economics and English Literature at Miami University (Ohio), lived in Europe for several years as a journalist (London, Dublin, and Paris), and worked as an editor at St. Martins Press (New York). In 2000, he started writing books full time.

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Neal Bascomb THE GRAND ESCAPE - the true story of Royal Flying Corp pilots in WWI who are shot down and become inveterate escape artists. The Germans finally place…moreTHE GRAND ESCAPE - the true story of Royal Flying Corp pilots in WWI who are shot down and become inveterate escape artists. The Germans finally place them in their version of Alcatraz, and these pilots succeed in staging the greatest breakout of the war. These early pilots were daredevils extraordinaires, and they make for fascinating research.(less)
Neal Bascomb Thanks Alex. Love talking about Winter Fortress and some early nice reviews. Hoping for some word-of-mouth love--as you know, an author's big friend!
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"Fantastic history of motor racing on the eve of the second world war. Absolutely loved all the detail of these heart-pounding races and the incredible characters that populated them, including badass Lucy Schell. I want to be her when I grow up!"
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“A man who sets out to become an artist at the mile is something like a man who sets out to discover the most graceful method of being hanged. No matter how logical his plans, he can not carry them out without physical suffering.”
Neal Bascomb, The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

“We will bring Adolf Eichmann to Jerusalem,” Harel said, striking the table, “and perhaps the world will be reminded of its responsibilities. It will be recognized that, as a people, we never forgot. Our memory reaches back through recorded history. The memory book lies open, and the hand still writes.”
Neal Bascomb, Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

“Our home villages with the hills, mountains and forests, the lakes and ponds, rivers and streams, waterfall and fjords. The smell of new hay in summer, of birches in spring, of the sea, and the big forest, and even the biting winter cold. Everything . . . Norwegian songs and music and so much, much more. That’s our Fatherland and that’s what we have to struggle to get back.”
Neal Bascomb, The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb



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