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A thousand British and American POWs learn to hate the American colonel who singlehandedly shapes them up. His strict discipline brings order to the camp; it also earns him a derisive "von." When Italy surrenders, German guards herd the men into boxcars for shipment to the Reich. Ryan has other ideas. He reckons to take the train to Switzerland...and freedom.

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Overview

A thousand British and American POWs learn to hate the American colonel who singlehandedly shapes them up. His strict discipline brings order to the camp; it also earns him a derisive "von." When Italy surrenders, German guards herd the men into boxcars for shipment to the Reich. Ryan has other ideas. He reckons to take the train to Switzerland...and freedom.

"A taut, exciting and well-keyed war novel...Ryan is a difficult hero to like, but he is a hero nonetheless. An exciting, authentic book." (Book Week)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780451065865
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/2/1965
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Personal experience inspired David Westheimer to write Von Ryan's Express. The Houston-born writer had served with distinction in World War II as a B-24 navigator (Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal) and had been a prisoner of war in both Italy and Germany. His fictional recreation of the tension, fear, and absurdities of the situation bring suspense and sharp humor to this story of unlikely heroism.

Westheimer is the author of twelve novels, the first of which--Summer on the Water--was published in 1948. A graduate of Rice University, he worked for the Houston Post before turning his attention to writing full-time. His novels include Watching Out for Dulie, The Magic Fallacy and in 1970 a sequel to Von Ryan's Express called Von Ryan's Return. Westheimer's 1965 novel My Sweet Charlie became a play and, in 1968, an acclaimed television film. Westheimer continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel when Von Ryan's Express was published--and he returned to the Houston Post briefly to write a column after the book was finished.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    A soldier and gentlemen

    This book tells the true feeling of men who were in the war. It tells you what happened in the camps that the soldiers were prisoners in. It has both american and british soldiers working together to fight the italian and germans. The book is a work of genius.

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