ISBN-10:
0393325792
ISBN-13:
9780393325799
Pub. Date:
08/17/2004
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
The Great Escape

The Great Escape

by Paul Brickhill, George Harsh

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"A tense, thrilling, fabulous tale."—Philadelphia Inquirer


They were American and British air force officers in a German prison camp. With only their bare hands and the crudest of homemade tools, they sank shafts, forged passports, faked weapons, and tailored German uniforms and civilian clothes. They developed a fantastic security system to protect themselves from German surveillance. It was a split-second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb. It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred men—every one of them, every minute, every hour, every day and night for more than a year. Made into the classic movie starring Steve McQueen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393325799
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/17/2004
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 112,426
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Brickhill was shot down over Tunisia on March 17, 1943. He was captured by the Germans and soon transferred to Luft III, where he joined organization "X" working on the great escape.

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The Great Escape 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Richmond-Chambers More than 1 year ago
A first class account from a first hand witness
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be in a concentration camp during World War II? The Great Escape is a powerful narrative written by Paul Brickhill who tells his life story of when he was in a concentration camp. The story starts off when he was shot down over a German minefield where he was found and immediately taken into the Germans custody. He was later taken to a camp in Eastern Germany where he met organization "x". The x was a crew of prisoners that were coming up with plans to escape from these horrible places. There had been many efforts to escape before but there was never a flawless plan until Paul came. He was going to dig a tunnel too deep for detection and it was going to be 300 yards long so there was no chance of the Germans catching the tunneling system. Once they made it outside they had to join underground railroads, forge passports, fake weapons, and tailor German uniforms and civilian clothes to aid in their escape. In this book you get to experience what it was like during World War II and what it was like to partake in The Great Escape.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my twelve year old who likes the study of history and has a particular interest in WWII. He's reading early in the morning and late at night. He eagerly talks to me about the story. Must be good!
Chelsea_Siobhan More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Used this for a report- very informative. The storyline was so intresting that this would have been a great book even written terrible (which it's not:)
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MRansom More than 1 year ago
this book was very very good and explained in detail the wanting of pow's wanting to escape from the nazi's. the movie that was based on the book follows the book very well. by putting into effect the need to having three tunnels being dug was a great way to keep the germans from finding out where the prisoners were trying to dig out. having been one of the prisoners at the camp where the escape was taking place, it is great incite of the first hand knowledge of what was going on. u can feel the agony of the tunnel rats as they are digging the tunnels and their feelings as then tunnels cave in from time to time. by having plans as to whenever the ferrets come around and the way the prisoners are able to get around from being found out is terrific.
ilovehistory More than 1 year ago
The Book called The Great Escape was about many American and British air force officers in a German prison camp. With only their bare hands and the crudest of homemade tools, they sank shafts, forged passports, faked weapons, and tailored German uniforms and civilian clothes. They developed a fantastic security system to protect themselves from German surveillance. It was a split-second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb. It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred men--every one of them, every minute, every hour, every day and night for more than a year. During their years in the camp, the Allied air officers faced many setbacks, some of them logistical (e.g., tunnels collapsing) and others at the hands of camp guards and ¿ferrets,¿ individuals charged with foiling attempts to escape. One day one of the major holes they were depending on was sunk because one of the workers ratted out its location. That made the decision very clear, they had to make it out before the rest of the holes were found and they all paid the consequences. It was very tricky because the tunnel went from the center of the compound and they had to dig all the way past the fence and far enough the spotlight could not reach them. 77 men escaped the compound. Out of the 77, only three had successfully completed their mission. To achieve freedom once again.\
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Great Escape is one of the greatest books ever to be published. It's also a true story. The whole book is one huge suspense so you'll be done the book in no time. The whole story makes you wonder the real capabilities of man and if you can create a master plan like the prisoners of world war 2 did. If you like classic tales that will be read for generations to come then read The Great Escape.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I were to be walking through a library or a bookstore The Great Escape, by Kati Marton, wouldn¿t be a book that I would consider reading. Not really knowing what to expect, I realized that it wasn¿t as boring as I had anticipated. The Great Escape is a book that follows the lives of nine Jews and their quest to leave their hometown, Budapest. Although all these men had completely different personalities, they all had one thing in common, their desire to leave Budapest and make a name for themselves. The way Marton wrote the book facilitated the reading, because she clearly divided the book into sections each section dealing with one person at a time so the reader wouldn¿t get confused. Marton did a great job in really describing the characters and their struggles there were parts in the book where I could clearly see a vivid picture of what she wrote. All these men left their comfort zone in Budapest to flee from Hitler. With little to no money these brave Jews were strictly driven by their ambition and thirst for success. Among them were scientists Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner, Edward Teller, and Jon von Newman Robert Capa the memorable photographer who was the first one ashore on D-day (which ultimately lead to his death) Arthur Koestler, Andre Kertesz, and filmmakers Alexander Korda and Michael Curtiz. All these men really did change the world. Each contributed to imperative parts of history from the first H-bomb, to timeless photographs. They all were important pieces of the puzzle that helped complete what America is today. While reading the book I understood why people go through lifelong struggles to come to America the freedom and opportunities that we have are incomparable to any other country. Each of the nine individuals got to express themselves as freely as they wanted. It just comes to show that if you believe in yourself, you will achieve. All these men got their fair share of success, but the road to get to the top wasn¿t easy throughout their quest they experienced poverty, love, betrayal, war, and loneliness. One would figure that when a person reaches ultimate success they would be completely satisfied and content, but sadly that is not the case. When Korda, along with the other men, reached their ultimate success they were extremely lonely. They had nothing else to work hard for because they had already reached the top of their ladder. Once they reached the top of their ¿ladder¿ there was nowhere else to go but down, and unfortunately that¿s what happened to most of them. Due to their rapid fame, they were crushed. All of these men started to slowly deteriorate and they all passed away due to health issues or war. Although their stubbornness overpowered their sanity, they will always be remembered as men who ¿changed the world.¿