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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Allen Publishers (October 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1771022728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1771022729
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

No one tells these stories better than [Ted Barris].

Barris’s re-examination is both timely and fascinating.

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With new insights and a fresh perspective, Ted Barris takes us deep inside The Great Escape. In fascinating and meticulous detail, he unravels the plotting and planning, completely befuddling German prison guards, that led to one of the most daring real-life dramas in modern history. (Lloyd Robertson, CTV News)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Laplander on January 9, 2014
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There have been lots of books done on the Great Escape over the years, making it one of the most overly abused POW escape stories ever. Most of these books merely retell details from Paul Brickhill’s landmark work, although recently there have been several that have brought new details to the table, particularly when it comes to personal information on the men involved. Other recent books have also revealed details that contradict Brickhill’s work – which should not really come as a surprise since he himself admitted that he had had to ‘work’ with the facts some in his retelling. Nor was he privy to EVERY detail there was. Therefore it is only recently that we have come to view the story in a much clearer light than ever before.

‘The Great Escape: A Canadian Story’ adds to the body of knowledge of the personal details of the Canadians involved, but it also drops the ball in the retelling. While I can and do fully appreciate the author’s total focus on the Canadian aspect to the story (obviously the main subject of the book) which has been shoved into the periphery for far too long now, in my opinion it is difficult to overlook the many mistakes or questionable aspects in the retelling. Of course if you are an escape fiend as I am and can overlook the flotsam for the manna you’re going to want this book in your collection. However, as a published author in the escape field I personally find the historical inconsistencies and errors almost inexcusable, considering the breadth and depth of material there is out there to draw from. That said, while I will not say this book is trash – it certainly isn’t – the reader should go into it with open eyes. Consider:
• Except for the Canadian details, the book reads painfully close to Brickhill’s book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on September 10, 2014
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I don't often read non-fiction books, but when I was told about this one I had to read it. We had just finished watching the movie The Great Escape, so that was fresh in my mind when I began. This is the true story of what happened on March 24, 1944 at German Prisoner of War Camp (Stalag Luft II). That was the day that 80 prisoners escaped from the camp after crawling through a 365 foot long underground tunnel. This book explains the whole massive and incredible escape plan. The 2,000 plus prisoners at the camp were officers and enlisted men was made up of airmen who had been shot down in Germany. The book describes what life was like in the camp for the flyboys who had been captured. And it describes the incredible detail and the huge amount of planning and the work that went into this great escape plan. Contrary to the movie, though the escape was planned and executed by mostly RAF officers and enlisted men. The British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand airmen were the ones that were involved in this incredible attempt. There were some other nationalities including Americans, involved, but this was a RAF-led attempt. These were brave and very talented men and reading about this huge WWII escape left me in awe of all these men, as well as any other soldiers that were held in German prisoner of war camps.
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By james low on May 25, 2014
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a well balanced story of one of the stressful situations in war. Offsets the so called glory of war that pervades so many books
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Great insight about life in the POW camps. My brother-in-law was in one of the camps, taken prisoner at the battle of Dieppe. This is a well written book, sad and funny at times. Good read.
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By Greg Snider on December 12, 2013
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It was an incredible story well told. I loved it but I am pretty certain that my love of history played a roll in that love. It was at times a little hard to follow.as it bounced back in forth as a gave you bios for new people. The facts the book gives you before, during and after the subject of this story is astounding. Well worth a read.
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