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The Great Escape
A Canadian Story
By (author): Ted Barris
9781771022729 Hardcover English General Trade HISTORY / Military / World War II Central Europe Oct 05, 2013
$33.99 CAD
Out of print 6 x 9 x 1 in 320 pages Dundurn Thomas Allen Publishers
 
Libris Awards Non-fiction Book of the Year 2014, Joint winner
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, 80 Commonwealth airmen crawled through a 336-foot-long tunnel and slipped into the forest beyond the wire of Stalag Luft III, a German POW compound near Sagan, Poland. The event became known as &8220;The Great Escape,&8220; an intricate breakout more than a year in the making, involving as many as 2,000 POWs working with extraordinary coordination, intelligence, and daring. Yet within a few days, all but three of the escapees were recaptured. Subsequently, 50 were murdered, cremated, and buried in a remote corner of the prison camp.

But most don’t know the real story behind The Great Escape. Now, on the eve of its 70th anniversary, Ted Barris writes of the key players in the escape attempt, those who got away, those who didn’t, and their families at home.

Barris marshals groundbreaking research into a compelling firsthand account. For the first time, The Great Escape retells one of the most astonishing episodes in WWII directly through the eyes of those who experienced it.

Joint Winner of the Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2014
Globe and Mail Bestseller
Toronto Star Bestseller

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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