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Escape from Colditz;: The two classic escape stories: The Colditz story, and Men of Colditz Hardcover – 1973

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 622 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0397009429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0397009428
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Originally published as two separate books, this is the story of Allied POWs in a Nazi POW camp. But not any camp, Colditz was only for those who escaped from other camps and was meant to be inescapable. The first story is told by P.R. Reid, the escape coordinator during the duration of the story. Finally, his turn came to escape and the sequel was written by him with colaberation of the person who took over his duties of escape coordinator. These stories are probably the basis for Stalag 17 and Hogan's Heros, but are not written for what humor can be found within. These are stories and vignettes of heroism, ingenuity, defiance and self respect. Definitely 'must' reading for those with an interest in the human aspects of WWII. However, it should also be 'must' reading for those who appreciate the goodness, tenacity and resilience of the human soul. Very well written, these stories bring you to live among the prisoners of war, to feel their frustrations, and to rejoice in their resistances, whether successful or not. Excellant view into the hearts of patriots. P.S. I read these stories almost fifty years ago and they have remained among my all time favorites.
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I first read this book in high school and many years later it is still one of my most prized books. This book has the classic British attitude and has some surprising moments of humor. The author's stories of what these POW's did right under the German guards' noses and against all odds is truly amazing. Human ingenuity at its finest as well as the integrity of character of so many of these men is inspiring. For anyone interested in WWII, escapes or the ability of people to overcome and survive in difficult circumstances - this is truly a must read!
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"Escape from Colditz" is a factual book which reads like a fictional work. P.R. Reid who wrote the book is the main character who is narrating, and participating in the story. The book tells how the Prisoners of war during World War Two lived in confinement and how they used their surroundings to make their escape using replicated German uniforms, and a glider constructed of bed frames and fabric hidden in the attic of a chapel. The prisoners are all bent on escape and the story is how these men plan to flee to Sweden. For the avid readers of Tom Clancy this book is good if you want to take a break from fast paced action packed shootouts. "Escape from Colditz" is a fast paced book that will consistently surprise you with the ingenuity and the creativity of the men that were imprisoned. A fairly short book that can be read in a few hours; "Escape from Colditz" will leave you wanting to read more. Local libraries and online services have records that validate the names and escapees that are in the book. Besides stirring the imagination and entertaining, the story does have a message. That persistence even in extreme circumstances can result in rewards, and that loyalty to your friends and nation are of extreme importants. For those who do not have time to read a book "Escape from Colditz" has many versions on video cassette, and DVD. The book is also on tape for the morning commuter. Also recommended is "The Colditz Story" and "Men of Colditz"
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I have loved this book since I was 9 years old. It is a great story no longer in print that deserves a read. If you are a fan of escape stories read this book. I purchased this copy to take with me on a trip to visit Colditz. That is how inspiring this story is....
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