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Great Escapes

A stunning visual record of the world's most audacious and compelling escapes and escape attempts.Whether escaping from a prison or evading an enemy, individuals have shown extraordinary courage and inventiveness during their bids for freedom.Great Escapes relates fascinating details about the 50 most remarkable escapes and escape attempts, including:
  • Chris Ryan, who escaped from Iraq during the 1992 Gulf War as part of the Bravo Two Zero squad.
  • Aron Ralston, the hiker who sawed off his own arm after being trapped for five days under a boulder in the Colorado wilderness.
  • The Dalai Lama, the man Tibetans revere as a god, who was smuggled to freedom when the Chinese invaded his homeland.
  • The Underground Railroad, which allowed thousands of African Americans to escape the shackles of slavery
  • The many escape attempts from Alcatraz.
  • The mass breakout of Allied airmen from Stalag Luft III, immortalized in the movie The Great Escape.
Packed with dramatic color and black-and-white photographs, Great Escapes is a powerful testimony to the desire to regain freedom.
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About the Author

Dr. Scott Christianson, a college professor, investigative reporter and New York State criminal justice official, served as director of prison investigations for that state's Commission of Correction. His books include Innocent, Condemned, Notorious Prisons, With Liberty for Some and Bodies of Evidence.


Name the menace, and it likely lurks within, along with survivors' testimonies about their close calls. This high-interest title is sure to attract attention.--Gilbert Taylor"Booklist" (12/15/2009) With the exception of two tales of escapes from American slavery in the 1840s, all the episodes here occurred within the past 100 years... Each account tells in brief what happened, of course, but its browser-grabber will be the accompanying historical, spot-journalism, and cinematic photos. They freeze the drama and immortalize the emotions of escape, such as sheer elation. Nazis, Communists, Jim Jones, sharks, natural disasters, cannibals--name the menace, and it likely lurks within, along with survivors' testimonies about their close calls. This high-interest title is sure to attract attention.--Gilbert Taylor"Booklist" (12/15/2009) These 50 stories of amazing escapes are so suspenseful that they're hard to put down. The historic escapes documented here were from harsh natural conditions, kidnappers, oppressive regimes, prisons, disasters, and scenarios from World War II and more contemporary warfare. Some escapes are famous: the hiker in Utah who cut off his hand after being trapped by a rock for days; "The Great Escape," from a W.W.II German prisoner-of-war camp; and "the miracle on the Hudson" that saved all air passengers forced to make a crash landing. Other escapes are less well known: a kayaker who became trapped under water until he was able to break his leg and free himself; a German soldier sent to a Siberian work camp whose escape route back home took him three years; and a man trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center who dragged another man after him, only to have the rescued man get out of a narrow hole first and walk away without helping the first man. This is a great book if you need an escape from winter.--Gloria Hildebrandt"Escarpment Views" (12/01/2009)

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