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The Mammoth Book of Prison Breaks
     

The Mammoth Book of Prison Breaks

by Paul Simpson
 

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True stories of prison breaks including those of Frank Abagnale, whose story is told in Catch Me If You Can; Henri Charrière who claimed to have escaped from the supposedly inescapable Devil's Island - the true story as opposed to his questionable memoir, Papillon; Bud Day, said to be the only US serviceman ever to have escaped to South Vietnam; the

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True stories of prison breaks including those of Frank Abagnale, whose story is told in Catch Me If You Can; Henri Charrière who claimed to have escaped from the supposedly inescapable Devil's Island - the true story as opposed to his questionable memoir, Papillon; Bud Day, said to be the only US serviceman ever to have escaped to South Vietnam; the six prisoners who escaped from Death Row in Mecklenburg Correctional Center; and Pascal Payeret, the French armed robber who escaped not once, but twice from French prisons with the help of a helicopter.

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Publishers Weekly
09/30/2013
In this entertaining collection, SciFiBulletin editor Simpson (A Brief History of the Spy) offers up a variety of true tales of ingenuity, opportunity, and persistence. Selections date back to the 12th century and continue on into the present, each chronicling larger-than-life, sometimes hard-to-swallow prison escapes. The heroes—or anti-heroes depending on your point of view—sneak through tunnels, escape by helicopter, and even blatantly just walk out the front entrance. Some spend years planning their escape while others act spontaneously, taking advantage of a lucky break. Some recruit legions of conspirators; others operate alone. Simpson delves into the details and background of each escape, leaving no stone unturned in his attempt to place each episode in context. He presents this series of engaging tales in an accessible, fluid style, and follows every subject to their often untimely end. With its short chapters and casual tone, this is ideal popcorn reading for fans of true crime. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472100245
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
07/04/2013
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

PAUL SIMPSON is the author and co-author of over two dozen non-fiction books including A Brief History of the Spy and The Mammoth Book of Prison Breaks.

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