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The Great Escape
The Untold Story
By (author): Ted Barris
9781459728448 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Military / World War II Central Europe Oct 25, 2014
$24.99 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0.76 in 320 pages Dundurn
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.

Ted 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.

A magnificent story. I spent eighteeen months in Stalag Luft III North Compound [as a POW, but] I was unaware of the vast work that went on. . . . So many of the interviews are all news to me. [This book] brings it all to life. - Albert Wallace, Second World War RCAF officer

As always, Ted Barris, our best writer on Canadians at war, paints small, personal stories on the broad canvas of epic conflict, and in The Great Escape, gives us the real truth on a story we thought we knew. Riveting. - Linwood Barclay

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

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. - Globe and Mail

No one tells these stories better than [Ted Barris]. - Matt Galloway, host of Metro Morning, CBC Radio

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

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