The Great Escape: The Untold Story

Category: Book
By (author): Barris, Ted
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / Europe / Germany
  HISTORY / Military / Canada
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Dundurn
Published: October 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.76in
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From The Publisher*2014 Libris Award - Joint Winner, Non-Fiction Book of the Year Globe and Mail Bestseller Toronto Star Bestseller A unique retelling of WWII's most dramatic escape, told through first-hand recollections of the soldiers who experienced it. On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler's orders, fifty were murdered. Bestselling author Ted Barris revisits the story made famous by the 1963 movie. But he recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved. Drawing on the experiences of forty years of experience as a journalist, broadcaster, and historian, Barris assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters, diaries, and personal photos to reconstruct the Great Escape's untold story.
From The Publisher*One night in 1944, eighty airmen escaped a German POW compound in Poland. The event became known as "The Great Escape." Ted Barris writes of the planners, task leaders, and key players in the escape attempt, those who got away, those who didn't, and their families at home.
Review Quote*Military historian Ted Barris's seventeenth book of non-fiction...follows his well-honed and highly successful approach of combining vivid characters with thumping narrative.
Review Quote*No one tells these stories better than [Ted Barris].
Review Quote*Barris's re-examination is both timely and fascinating.
Biographical NoteTed Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and various national magazines, he is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. Barris has authored 17 non-fiction books, including the national bestsellers Victory at Vimy and Juno.