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The Dodger: The Extraordinary Story of Churchill's Cousin and the Great Escape [Paperback]

Tim Carroll
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14 Mar 2013

The Dodger is the long-awaited story of Johnny Dodge, a wartime hero and a pivotal figure in the escapade immortalised in the legendary Hollywood film The Great Escape.

Of all the Allied prisoners who broke out of Hermann Göring's 'escape proof' camp in the famous episode of March 1944, Johnny Dodge was the most intriguing. American-born Dodge was a cousin by marriage of Winston Churchill. When the Second World War broke out, he volunteered for the Army but was quickly captured after the debacle of Dunkirk. He became a prisoner of war and an inveterate escapologist and troublemaker - eventually becoming one of the ringleaders of the 'Great Escape'.

Surviving the murderous Gestapo, he was thrown into a VIP compound of Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the orders of Heinrich Himmler - but escaped once more. After recapture, Johnny was spirited away by the SS to a meeting in Berlin with Hitler's interpreter, who sent him on a clandestine mission to his cousin in Downing Street. His odyssey through the dying embers of the Third Reich to Switzerland and freedom in the company of a louche Nazi apparatchik is the last curious escapade in the story of Johnny's adventurous life.

The Dodger draws upon Dodge's voluminous private papers, including photographs taken inside prison camps and letters home, casting revealing new light on the myth of the Great Escape.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780576064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780576060
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Book of the week" (Daily Mail)

"Tim Carroll has done a superb job in tracking down a mine of entertaining information on this unjustly forgotten figure" (Nigel Jones Sunday Telegraph)

"The biography of a swashbuckling adventurer right out of the pages of an Ian Fleming novel" (Scottish Field)

"Carroll has drawn on half a century's research - but he's also had the perspective that the passage of time can bring" (The Scotsman)

Book Description

The remarkable life story of Johnny Dodge, the American-born cousin of Winston Churchill and a pivotal figure in the Great Escape


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dodger 3 Jun 2012
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I first learned about John Dodge 'The Dodger' from Paul Brickhill's "The Great Escape". A book review in The Telegraph lead me to purchase the book. It is a very well researched volume about this remarkable man, who must have had at least eighteen lives, dodging death on so many occasions. His family and wider circle, not to mention his personality, opened doors to him all his life until his death in his early sixties. A book well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the dodger 25 Feb 2013
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a rating of 5 out of 5 is really what this book is wirthy of excellent in every way a great story from page one to the end areal credit to the author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tells the story as it was 8 Nov 2012
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A book that more than tells the story of the film through the eyes and experiences of one of the few. An insight into his fellow comrades and indeed their captors. Excellent reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 2 Sep 2013
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What an interesting character - and what an adventurous life he led. Very well written more like a novel than a biography.
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