The Great Escape: A Canadian Story

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The Great Escape: A Canadian Story

by Ted Barris

Dundurn | October 5, 2013 | Hardcover

The Great Escape: A Canadian Story is rated 5 out of 5 by 5.
Joint-Winner of the Libris Award for Non-fiction Book of the Year 2014 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 "The Great Escape," 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: October 5, 2013

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1771022728

ISBN - 13: 9781771022729

Found in: History

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING READ! Extremely informative, and a very smooth read! Filled in a lot of details and information that the movie of the same title, didn't advise us of! Makes me SO Proud to be CANADIAN!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING! A very detailed explanation of the CANADIAN involvement in a pivotal part of World War 2, European Theater. If all that you know about this is in the Hollywood Motion Picture.....PREPARE TO BE EDUCATED!!.....WOW!! More proof that Hollywood didn't let the TRUTH get in the way of a good story! I would also recommend "Human Game", The True Story of the Great Escape murders and the Hunt for the Gestapo Gunmen. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Escape: A Canadian Story Like many others my understanding of the Great Escape from a German Prisoner of War compound during WW2 was based on the wonderful Hollywood motion picture of the same name.  The motion picture is true to the general story line but the book, the Great Escape: A Canadian Story, is true to the courage and ingenuity of those Prisoners of War who made this happen.  An amazing detailed account of Canadian and Allied POWs  who planned and executed this bold escape.  I am thankful to Mr. Barris for opening my eyes to what really happened at Stalag Luft 3.   This is not just a great read,  it is an insight into the Canadian men who lived through this time, and their courage.   
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very in depth story A well told tale. This is the most comprehensive of the books I have read on the subject. I learned many new things about the escape and I was  quite interested in the aftermath of the war to learn what happened to many of the main characters, both protagonists and antagonists. 
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accurate I enjoyed this book b/c it told the real story behind the Great Escape and the role Cdns played.   All too often we don't acknowledge our accomplishments and let others take the credit.   We need to remember our past
Date published: 2013-12-10

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The Great Escape: A Canadian Story

by Ted Barris

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: October 5, 2013

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1771022728

ISBN - 13: 9781771022729

From the Publisher

Joint-Winner of the Libris Award for Non-fiction Book of the Year 2014 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 "The Great Escape," 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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

Barris''s re-examination is both timely and fascinating.
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