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The greatest escape stories ever told
Brown, Darren.
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Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2002]

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ix, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction / Darren Brown -- Escape from the Tower of London / John Buchan -- Jack Sheppard earns fame / Phillip Alban -- Escape from Leads / Casanova -- The Bastille / Henri Masers de Latude -- Trenck at Magdenburg / Baron Trenck -- Louis Napoleon / F.T. Briffault -- The cemetery of the Chateau d'If / Alexandre Dumas -- A question of passports / Baroness Orczy -- Three years among the Comanches / Nelson Lee -- General Morgan's flight from the north / Thomas Hines -- Colonel Rose's tunnel / Frank Moran -- How we escaped from Pretoria / Captain Aylmer Haldane -- A gunman breaks jail / Edward H. Smith. Eamon de Valera / Frank Kelly -- Georgia chain gang fugitive / Robert E. Burns -- Papillon / Henri Charriere -- A man escaped / Andre Devigny -- Escape strategy / Pat Reid -- Bid for freedom / Walter Thomas -- Escape or die / Paul Brickhill -- The war journal of Major Damon "Rocky" Gause / Major Damon Gause -- Down in Korea / Ward Millar -- Escape from Laos / Dieter Dengler -- Out of a Turkish prison / Billy Hayes with William Hoffer -- Dark, deep-laid plans / Mark Twain.
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An anthology of the greatest stories of making a break for it

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Brown writes that the successful escapee is not necessarily one who is well-trained or physically strong; much more important is an adaptable, independent mind and a readiness to rely on one's own talents. Some are vexed by the enforced boredom of prison life, preferring to risk death or torture to avoid idling away the days. He points out that luck almost always plays a role in an escape. These narratives include escapes from a Georgia chain gang, a Confederate prison in Richmond during the Civil War, a Comanche Indian encampment in 1858, the Bastille in 1756, the Tower of London in 1716, a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines during World War II, and a POW camp during the Korean War. Three of the stories are fiction; the others actually happened. This compelling book is the fourteenth volume in the Greatest Stories series. --George Cohen



As midnight approached, Rose was nearly a physical wreck: the perspiration dripped from every pore of his exhausted body; food he could not have eaten if he had had it. His labors thus far had given him a somewhat exaggerated estimate of his physical powers. The sensation of fainting was strange to him, but his staggering senses warned him that to faint where he was meant at once his death and burial. He could scarcely inflate his lungs with the poisonous air of the pit; his muscles quivered with increasing weakness and the warning spasmodic tremor which their unnatural strain induced; his head swam like that of a drowning person. By midnight he had struck and passed beyond a post which he felt must be in the yard. During the last few minutes he had directed his course upward, and to relieve his cramped limbs he turned upon his back. His strength was nearly gone, the feeble stream of air which his comrade was trying, with all his might, to send to him from a distance of fifty-three feet could no longer reach him through the deadly stench. His senses reeled; he had not breath or strength enough to move backward through his narrow grave. In the agony of suffocation he dropped the dull chisel and beat his two fists against the roof of his gave with the might of despair--when, blessed boon! the crust gave way and the loosened earth showered upon his dripping face purple with agony; his famished eye caught sign of a radiant star in the blue vault above him; a flood of light and a volume of cool , delicious air poured over him. At that very instant the sentinel's cry rang out like a prophecy--"Half-past one, and all's well!" Excerpted from The Greatest Escape Stories Ever Told: Twenty-Five Unforgettable Tales All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Darren BrownJohn BuchananPhillip AlbanCasanovaHenri Masers De LatudeBaron TrenckF.T. BriffaultAlexandre DumasBaroness OrczyNelson LeeThomas HinesFrank MoranCaptain Aylmer HaldaneEdward H. SmithFrank KellyRobert E. BurnsHenri CharriereAndre DevignyPat ReidWalter ThomasPaul BrickhillMajor Damon GauseWard MillarDieter DenglerBilly Hayes and William HofferMark Twain
Introductionp. 1
Escape from the Tower of Londonp. 5
Jack Sheppard Earns Famep. 11
Escape from Leadsp. 19
The Bastillep. 29
Trench at Magdeburgp. 39
Louis Napoleonp. 53
The Cemetery of the Chateau D'Ifp. 65
A Question of Passportsp. 79
Three Years Among the Comanchesp. 89
General Morgan's Flight from the Northp. 99
Colonel Rose's Tunnelp. 107
How We Escaped from Pretoriap. 129
A Gunman Breaks Jailp. 143
Eamon de Valerap. 151
Georgia Chain Gang Fugitivep. 159
Papillonp. 169
A Man Escapedp. 191
Escape Strategyp. 205
Bid for Freedomp. 215
Escape or Diep. 227
The War Journal of Major Damon "Rocky" Gausep. 239
Down in Koreap. 249
Escape from Laosp. 261
Out of a Turkish Prisonp. 273
Dark, Deep-Laid Plansp. 283