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The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War by [Bascomb, Neal]
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“Bascomb has unearthed a remarkable piece of hidden history, and told it perfectly.The story brims with adventure, suspense, daring, and heroism.”
—David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon

“Through careful research and unusual insight, Bascomb takes his readers inside not just the terrors of an infamous World War I POW camp but the minds of the men who were determined to think their way out of it. It’s riveting reading, but more than that, it’s inspiring.”
—Candice Millard, author of Hero of the Empire

“From a master of narrative non-fiction, the amazing and utterly gripping story of the greatest prison escape of the First World War. A ripping yarn—timely and beautifully told.”
—Alex Kershaw, author of The Longest Winter and The Bedford Boys
 
“A rousing story of resilience and courage . . . Just when you think there are no more terrific war stories that have gone untold, along comes The Escape Artists. Bascomb has achieved that rare combination of impeccable research and a page-turning narrative.”
—Tom Clavin, author of Dodge CityHalsey's Typhoon, and The Last Stand of Fox Company (with Bob Drury)

“Thrilling, jaw-on-the-floor stuff. . . ‘The Great Escape’ of WWII remains the best-known POW breakout, but Bascomb brilliantly brings its forgotten forerunner into the light with this fantastic, true-life tale of the prisoners who outwitted their cruel captors at Holzminden, the toughest German camp of them all . . . thanks to Bascomb’s intrepid detective work, maybe we should start calling it the Greater Escape.”
—Alexander Rose, author of Washington’s Spies and Men of War
 
“Don’t wait for the movie. You’ll feel like you're in one by the second page . . . In the midst of history’s cruelest war, a band of Allied POWs brilliantly combined their unique talents, wit, and boundless grit to pull off the greatest breakout of the Great War. Equal parts Downton Abbey, The Great Escape, and The Shawshank Redemption—The Escape Artists is an inspiring tale of humanity’s best defeating its worst.”
—John U. Bacon, author of The Great Halifax Explosion

“Paul Brickhill’s The Great Escape (1950) is widely considered the best nonfiction book about escapes from wartime prison camps.This gripping new volume gives Brickhill’s classic a run for its money . . . Based on extensive research, including documents written by the escapees themselves, the book is intensely detailed and written with a prose style that puts readers right there in the camp with the prisoners: when the prisoners hold their breath, terrified of being discovered in a secret activity, the reader will hold his or her breath, too. In the ever-expanding genre of prison-escape sagas, this one joins the top ranks.”
Booklist  

“Fast-paced account of a forgotten episode of World War I history . . . Stirring . . . Bascomb's portraits of the principals are affecting . . . Expertly narrated, with just the right level of detail and drama.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Bascomb (Hunting Eichmann) unfurls a cracking good adventure in this upbeat retellingof the largest Allied prison break of WWI . . . Bascomb draws on unpublished memoirs, official histories, and family papers to spin this action-packed, briskly paced tale.”
Publishers Weekly

“Bascomb presents both a poignant story of human resilience and a worthy addition to WWI history.” 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 

About the Author

NEAL BASCOMB is the national award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Winter Fortress, Hunting Eichmann, The Perfect Mile, HigherThe Nazi Hunters, Red Mutiny, among others. A former international journalist, he is a widely recognized speaker on the subject of war and has appeared in a number of documentaries. He lives in Seattle, Washington. For more information visit http://nealbascomb.com, or on Twitter @nealbascomb.

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  • File Size: 24954 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 18, 2018)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2018
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07895QNLK
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