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The Escape Artists

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This "fast-paced account" of WWI airmen who escaped Germany's most notorious POW camp is "expertly narrated" by the New York Times bestselling author (Kirkus, starred review).
During World War I, Allied soldiers might avoid death only to find themselves in the abominable conditions of Germany's many prison camps. The most infamous was Holzminden, a land-locked Alcatraz that housed the most escape-prone officers. Its commandant was a boorish tyrant named Karl Niemeyer, who swore that none should ever leave.
Desperate to break out of "Hellminden", a group of Allied prisoners hatch an audacious escape plan that requires a risky feat of engineering as well as a bevy of disguises, forged documents, and fake walls—not to mention steely resolve and total secrecy. Once beyond the watchtowers and round-the-clock patrols, they are then faced with a 150-mile dash through enemy-occupied territory toward free Holland.
Drawing on never-before-seen memoirs and letters, historian Neal Bascomb "has unearthed a remarkable piece of hidden history, and told it perfectly. The story brims with adventure, suspense, daring, and heroism" (David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon).


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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Kindle Book

  • Release date: June 11, 2020

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9780544936904
  • Release date: June 11, 2020

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9780544936904
  • File size: 23042 KB
  • Release date: June 11, 2020

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Kindle Book
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Languages

English

Levels

Lexile® Measure:1070
Text Difficulty:6-9

This "fast-paced account" of WWI airmen who escaped Germany's most notorious POW camp is "expertly narrated" by the New York Times bestselling author (Kirkus, starred review).
During World War I, Allied soldiers might avoid death only to find themselves in the abominable conditions of Germany's many prison camps. The most infamous was Holzminden, a land-locked Alcatraz that housed the most escape-prone officers. Its commandant was a boorish tyrant named Karl Niemeyer, who swore that none should ever leave.
Desperate to break out of "Hellminden", a group of Allied prisoners hatch an audacious escape plan that requires a risky feat of engineering as well as a bevy of disguises, forged documents, and fake walls—not to mention steely resolve and total secrecy. Once beyond the watchtowers and round-the-clock patrols, they are then faced with a 150-mile dash through enemy-occupied territory toward free Holland.
Drawing on never-before-seen memoirs and letters, historian Neal Bascomb "has unearthed a remarkable piece of hidden history, and told it perfectly. The story brims with adventure, suspense, daring, and heroism" (David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon).


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