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Great Escapes and Rescues: An Encyclopedia


The daring escape of the fictional Count of Monte Cristo pales in comparison to the real-life exploits of POWs, persecuted clerics, political detainees, contenders for thrones, master spies, and even common criminals.. "In this encyclopedia, disguises, ruses, stratagems, capers, devices, rescues, and plots abound, from a papier-mache POW substitute to Bonnie Prince Charlie's successful 1746 masquerade as a maid to a British airman's short-lived escape from a German hospital wearing a nurse's cap and cape - and ...
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The daring escape of the fictional Count of Monte Cristo pales in comparison to the real-life exploits of POWs, persecuted clerics, political detainees, contenders for thrones, master spies, and even common criminals.. "In this encyclopedia, disguises, ruses, stratagems, capers, devices, rescues, and plots abound, from a papier-mache POW substitute to Bonnie Prince Charlie's successful 1746 masquerade as a maid to a British airman's short-lived escape from a German hospital wearing a nurse's cap and cape - and enormous flying boots and a luxuriant mustache. Each story is a tribute to humankind's ingenuity, perseverance, courage, and indomitable will. The A-to-Z entries, many of them illustrated, suggest sources for pursing each subject further, and the book also contains a detailed bibliography and index.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This volume collects, in one place, information on history's greatest "escapes and rescues." Arranged both alphabetically and topically, it covers a quirky array of events, from the slave revolt led by Spartacus in the first century B.C.E. to the Peruvian Embassy Siege of 1997. Entries, which are in essay form, range in length from a paragraph to several pages and include a chronological account of each event, bibliographic references, and See also references. The author, a freelance journalist and historian, writes informally and capably, peppering his prose with colorful adjectives (dramatic, desperate, fantastic, swashbuckling, and ingenious). Although seemingly narrow in scope, this is actually a useful, focused historical encyclopedia. Recommended for public reference librarians.--Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
More entertaining than informative, this encyclopedia by freelance writer Howard provides the reader with harrowing stories of POW rescues and jail breaks, as well as familiar stories such as the Von Trapp family's evasion of the authorities in Austria. In several cases Howard's history is deficient in detail and tends overall to be merely anecdotal. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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"…a useful, focused historical encyclopedia. Recommended for public reference librarians."


Library Journal

"The material in this book … is ideally suited for browsing, and public libraries might want to consider an additional copy for their circulating collections."


American Reference Books Annual

"…this is an interesting and informative volume for beginning researchers or general readers."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576071908
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Entries by Category vii
Preface xi
Introduction xiii
Acre Castle 1
Afghanistan: The flight of the Russian air crew 2
Air, escape by 3
Alcatraz 4
Algeria 7
Al-Ould 7
Amethyst 9
Andersonville 10
Apollo 13 11
Arnhem 13
Asrar al-Qabandi 14
Attica Prison 15
Auschwitz 15
Aylward, Gladys 17
Bailey, Lt. Col. Frederick 19
Bangkok Airport 20
Barney, Joshua 21
The Bastille 21
Belbenoit, Rene 22
Ben Bella, Ahmed 23
Beniowski, Count Maurice 24
Berlin, Battle for 25
Berlin Blockade 26
Berlin Wall 27
Biggs, Ronald 30
Bitche Fortress 30
Blake, George 31
Blount, Father Henry 33
Bonney, William H. 34
Boston Massacre 35
Bounty 36
Bray, John 37
Brixton Prison 37
Broad, Lt. Col. Richard 38
Brooklyn Heights 39
Brown, Henry 39
Buckley, Everett 40
Burns, Robert Eliot 40
Cabanatuan 43
Cambridge Spy Ring 43
Camp Morton 45
Casanova, Jacques 45
Catholic church, rescue by 46
Cavell, Edith 47
Cebekhulu, Katiza 49
Chandos, Sydney, earl of Cardigan 50
Charles Edward Stuart 51
Charles Stuart 52
Chavasse, Noel 54
Chitral 55
Chrastny, Nikolaus 57
Churchill, Sir Winston L. S. 57
Cody, William F. 59
Colditz 61
Collet, Charles 62
Columbia Prison 63
Conley, Capt. Edward 64
"Cooper, D. B." 64
Corregidor 65
Cortes, Hernan 65
Crumlin Road Prison 66
Cuba, escape from 66
Curion, Coelius Secundus 67
Curragh 67
Dalai Lama XIV of Tibet 69
Davao Penal Colony, Mindanao 69
De Gaulle, Charles 70
De Marenches, Alexandre 70
De Valera, Eamonn 70
Deane-Drummond, Anthony 72
Dengler, Lt. Dieter 72
Dikko, Umaru 73
Dith Pran 73
Dodge, John 75
Dunkirk 77
Dutch train rescue 78
Egyptian embassy 81
Entebbe 81
Escape attempts 83
Execution, escape from 85
Fanning, David 89
Foley, Frank 89
Forgery and impersonation 90
Franco-Prussian War 92
French Guiana 92
Fugitive Slave Laws 93
Gambetta, Leon 95
Gambian rescue 96
Garibaldi, Giuseppe 97
German secret service 98
Giraud, Gen. Henri 99
Glass, Charles 99
Gordievsky, Oleg 100
The Great Escape 102
Grimson, George 103
Grotius, Hugo 104
Hackensack River 107
Haldane, Capt. Aylmer 107
"Harris, Eliza" 108
Hinds, Alfie 108
Holzminden 109
Houdini, Harry 110
Iranian embassy siege 113
Iranian hostage rescue operation 115
Irian Jaya 117
Iron Curtain 118
Japanese army, prisoners of 121
Kabul 125
Kalbowski, Harry 125
Kandahar 126
Kashmir 127
Kennedy, John F. 127
Kerensky, Aleksandr 127
Khe Sahn 128
Khmer Rouge 130
King David Hotel 131
Klemperer, Victor 132
Koldyczewo Camp 132
Kolwezi 132
Korea 133
Kosovo 134
Latude, Henri Masers de 135
Lawrence, Thomas Edward 135
Le Chambon 137
Lebrun, Lt. Pierre 137
Lefebre, Gen. Louis 138
Libby Prison 138
Logan, Harvey 140
Long Kesh Prison 141
The Long March 141
Louis XVIII 142
Louis Napoleon 143
Louis Phillipe 144
Lucan, Lord Richard John 144
Lucknow 146
Ludendorff, Erich 146
MacArthur, Douglas 147
Magdeburg Prison 148
Malmedy 149
Mandela United Football Club 149
Maple Leaf 149
Maroon communities 150
Mary, Queen of Scots 151
Masaryk, Tomas 153
Matilda, Empress 153
Maze Prison 154
McGartland, Martin 155
McVicar, John 156
Medieval England, imprisonment in 157
MIS-X, M19 158
Mitchell, Frank 159
Modena train break 160
Mogadishu plane rescue 161
Mohammed 162
Morgan, Gen. John 163
Mossad 164
Moundsville Penitentiary, West Virginia 165
Munich 166
Mussolini, Benito 166
My Lai 168
Myagkov, Capt. Aleksei 169
Nadir, Asil 171
Napoleon Bonaparte 171
Napoleonic Wars 171
Nazaroff, Paul 172
New York 173
Nijmegen 173
Norway 174
O'Grady, Scott 177
Paine, Thomas 179
Palestine 179
Papillon (Henri Charriere) 179
Parker, John 181
Peruvian embassy siege 182
Peterhead Prison 184
Pignata, Giuseppe 185
Pitman, Henry 185
Pluschow, Gunther 185
Potter, Arthur 186
Prendergast, Sgt. John 187
Press gangs, escape from 187
Probyn, Walter 188
Pym, John 189
Rawicz, Slavomir 191
Rescue attempts 192
Rowe, James "Nick" 193
Russian Revolution and civil war 194
Rwandan genocide 195
"Ryan, Chris," 195
Sadat, Anwar 197
Saigon 197
Salado Prison, Mexico 199
Salisbury Prison, Virginia 199
San Quentin 199
Santa Fe, New Mexico 200
Schindler, Oscar 201
Sea, escape and rescue at 202
Servitude, escape into 203
Sheppard, Jack 204
Sing Sing 204
Sobibor Concentration Camp 205
Sparks, John 206
Spartacus 206
Spooner, Lt. Col. Pat 207
Stalin, Joseph 208
Tall, Robert 211
Tchernavin family 211
Tehran 212
The Terror 212
Titanic 214
Tokyo, raid on 216
Tower of London 216
Trenck, Baron Frederick Von Der 219
Trotsky, Leon 220
Underground Railroad 223
U.S. prisoner of war camps 225
Valcour Island 227
Vienna 227
Vietnam War 228
Von Trapp Family Singers 229
Wagner, Richard 231
Wallenberg, Raoul 231
Warburg 233
Ward Road Prison, Shanghai 233
Werra, Franz von 234
Wilson, Charlie 236
Wooden Horse 237
Zwickau Prison 239
Bibliography 241
Index 247
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