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History Happy Hour

Episode 77: WWI Great Escape

Our guest is Margalit Fox, author of Confidence Men:   How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History.  Here are some other books to look at.  

I Escape: The Great War’s Most Remarkable POW, J.L. Hardy – A prisoner of war during the Great War, British officer J.L. Hardy was a captive of the Germans for more than 3 ½ years, during which time he made no fewer than 12 escape attempts. This is his account of them.

Prisoners of the Kaiser, Richard van Emden – While there is a great deal written about the life of Allied POWs during World War II, less is known about those soldiers who found themselves in a similar situation during World War I. Ven Emden’s book is a solution to that problem. Good history of an overlooked subject.

A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Middle East, David Fromkin – Really wonderful history of the war in the Middle East from the perspective of the Ottoman Empire. In addition to a good overview of the war in the Middle East, there is also a good discussion of how the empire was run and how its military functioned.

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