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A Prisoner's Duty: Great Escapes in U. S. History

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Throughout our nation's history American servicemen and civilians have resisted captivity in every form, drawing on special powers of ingenuity, determination, and patriotism to escape - sometimes repeatedly. Robert Doyle's penetrating look at some extraordinary escapes by Americans breaks new ground in escape psychology, shedding light on the types of people who try to escape and those who do not. Concentrating on the American character held hostage, Doyle combed official and private archives as well as ...
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Overview

Throughout our nation's history American servicemen and civilians have resisted captivity in every form, drawing on special powers of ingenuity, determination, and patriotism to escape - sometimes repeatedly. Robert Doyle's penetrating look at some extraordinary escapes by Americans breaks new ground in escape psychology, shedding light on the types of people who try to escape and those who do not. Concentrating on the American character held hostage, Doyle combed official and private archives as well as unpublished diaries, letters, and memoirs to find exciting stories of individuals, famous and unknown, who risked their lives and those of others to escape. The collection of stories he has compiled is broad in scope, featuring civilians, soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Jammed with enough exciting tales to satisfy anyone's fascination with escape, this engrossing study probes the personal and social impacts of escape, the many motivations that spur such acts, and the concept of the escaper as the ideal prisoner and ultimate patriot. It is illustrated with eighteen rare pictures.
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Draws on official and private archives, letters, diaries, and memoirs to document extraordinary American escapes. Tells of sailors who escaped from English prison ships during the American Revolution, slaves on the Underground Railroad, POWs from the Civil War onward, and journalists and government officials eluding terrorists. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553579734
  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Publication date: 1/5/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 3.19 (w) x 6.36 (h) x 1.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Dominance of Will: Rejecting the Condition of Captivity 1
2 Pioneers, Volunteers, and Privateers: Escape in the Wars of Musket and Sail 14
3 Soldiers of Manifest Destiny: Escapes South of the Border 42
4 Escape from Durante Vita: Breaking the Chains the Masters Made 57
5 Acts of Pure Cussedness: Escapes in the Civil War 74
6 Homo Ludens: Escape De Luxe in the Great War 100
7 Home Run Kriegies: Escape and Evasion in Europe 122
8 Survival in the Pacific: Escape from Militant Bushido 148
9 Tigers: The Will to Escape in Korea 170
10 Free from the Jungle Camps: Escape in Laos and Vietnam 188
11 The Pseudo-Wars: Civilian Hostages and Escapers 218
12 Escape by Other Means: Prison Raids and Raiders 236
13 Escape and the Fortunes of War: Legacies and Reflections 258
App. 1 Oral History Formats 283
App. 2 Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Statistics 285
App. 3 World War II Allied Escapers and Evaders 286
App. 4 American Escapers in South Vietnam 289
Notes 291
Works Cited 327
Index 363
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    A Slightly Muddled Look at Military Escapes

    On the plus side, this is the only comprehensive look at US Military escapes available. It ranges from the American Revolution to our experiences in Beirut and Somalia. It's extraordinarily well researched and documented, with nearly 50 pages worth of sources listed. On the minus side, it's sort of an anecdotal look at escapes, and sort of a scholarly historical study. There's just enough of a first hand account given to gain your interest, but then the author trails off and heads somewhere else. The author is very repetitive, providing the same thoughts several times in a chapter, and sometimes across several chapters. There is also a fair bit of extraneous material, from the Underground Railroad to the experiences of foreign POWs in US custody. Interesting areas, but not related to the book's title. There is some great information here, but you have to do some slogging to get it. I'd recommend you buy the book, mark the references of the more interesting first-hand accounts, and then read those books for the more in-depth look at an individual escape.

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