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The Great Escaper: The Life and Death of Roger Bushell - Love, Betrayal, Big X and The Great Escape
 
 

The Great Escaper: The Life and Death of Roger Bushell - Love, Betrayal, Big X and The Great Escape [Kindle Edition]

Simon Pearson
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'This gripping biography... Pearson has done uncommonly well in this, his first book, to unearth so much.' (Max Hastings Sunday Times)

'Told with wonderful relish by Simon Pearson, who has undoubtedly produced the definitive biography of Bushell' (Daily Express)

'The Great Escaper is a compelling narrative, one which paints a convincing picture of a true war hero.' (Allan Mallinson The Times)

'Pearson's biography of Roger Bushell is as gripping as it is informative and wonderful.' (Huffington Post)

This is a most readable and carefully researched book about a truly remarkable man and is a must for all readers of history of the Second World War. (Geoffrey Wellum, author of First Light)

Simon Pearson has at last done justice to [Roger Bushell's] memory in this enthralling book, an astounding story of honour and resilience. (Sunday Times)

What a read. Pearson's research is absolutely on the ball and the book is so descriptive I felt as if I were actually flying a Spitfire in 1940...The whole book was fascinating, I could not put it down. Rare you to read it - you will not fail to be moved. (Scotland on Sunday)

Book Description

2013 is the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the film, The Great Escape; 2014 is the 70th anniversary of the actual escape.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2045 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444760637
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2UUPQA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most Interesting 20 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a biography of a man who was of his time. It gives a good insight into his obsessive leadership of the "Great Escape" project, which developed out of his pre-war playboy activities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another part of the great story. 6 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An absolutely cracking read.
Plenty of background of Roger Bushell with an insight into just what made these men tick.
If you have an interest in the lives of those held as POW during WW2 then this is a book not to be missed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bob likes it 16 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover
This is a well researched work, polished and professional author. Reading about Roger gives a deeper picture than TV or film can impart. A great read indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue 14 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been waiting for someone to write this book for forty-plus years, and Pearson's book does not disappoint.

Inevitably it covers much of the same ground as the three books that - to my mind - introduced Roger Bushell to my/Pearson's generation. Pearson openly acknowledges his debt to those books - The Great Escape (Paul Brickhill), 'Wings' Day (Sidney Smith) and Escape From Germany (Aidan Crawley). But in these books - great as they are - Bushell appears in his final form, a lion already caged, with little information of what formed this great, but arguably flawed leader of men.

Pearson's great achievement is that he shows the making of the man, through the words of those who knew him. Pearson admits that luck played a part - doors opened for him to meet a few survivors of the Great Escape, and at a time when the family was making Bushell's papers available.

It is a scholarly work, with 15-20% devoted to a thorough bibliography and cross-reference to his sources. At the same time, it is a thoroughly readable story, too, capturing the moods of the man through the letters he wrote, and revealing much that was not known (or could not be published) at the time of those earlier books. In that vein, I'd particularly commend the research into Bushell's time in Prague, sheltered by Czech Resistance, as being pivotal in bringing new insight into the man, and the events that moulded Bushell into his final form - the Bushell of the Great Escape.

If you ever read PoW tales, then you'll have got a glimpse of Bushell and wanted to know more. For more than sixty years Bushell's life story was begging to be told, and now it has been.

Go read it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandad's Best Read 21 Sep 2013
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I purchased this for my grandad because I thought this is something he would really enjoy reading and I wasn't wrong.

Within a week he had read the whole thing and he said himself it is a really hard book to put down once you get started.

The book is now being circulated throughout the family and so far, no one has had a bad word to say about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of a true legend 17 May 2014
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The story of a true hero who paid the ultimate price for his determined effort to carry on the war and cause maximum disruption against the German war effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story 9 May 2014
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Thanks to the film, most people know who Roger Bushell was and this book helps to make him more three dimensional. He was clearly a bit of a handful and the author has succeeded in gathering together the story of his upbringing. Napoleon said that he preferred his generals to be lucky rather than intelligent and it is very clear that Roger Bushell had just about everything in life except luck. Being shot down on his very first clash with the Luftwaffe rather sums up his war. A strong personality and a natural leader he made his mark and the final tunnel had much about it that was ingenious. It's a very interesting book about a very interesting character who, like so many of his generation, might have done truly great things had he lived.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Sep 2013
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A very good read, gripping and amazing how some people show such currage strongly recommended for a gripping read.
Recommended strongly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good excellent story
Published 17 days ago by Diane54
5.0 out of 5 stars book arrived promptly and in good condition for the price cant wait to...
book arrived promptly and in good condition for the price cant wait to read it it sounds fascinating it will be good to see the comparrison between him and dickie attenborough who... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Low
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great story of a great war hero. Well researched and well written.
Published 2 months ago by D. Herriot
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, all part of our history.
An interesting read,all part of our history.
Published 3 months ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very well written and enjoyable
Published 3 months ago by never do it
5.0 out of 5 stars The great escaper
Having seen the film The Great Escape I knew the details but nothing about Roger Bushell who masterminded it! Read more
Published 3 months ago by crumblie
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ
A REALLY GOOD BOOK. I WOULD TELL ALL MY FRIENDS AND THOSE INTERESTED IN WW2 ABOUT THE BOOK.
WELL WRITTEN.
Published 4 months ago by SCAMPTON83
1.0 out of 5 stars Another disappointed relation...
As the great grand-daughter of his guardian (and therefore his first cousin twice removed), this book was very disappointing, and factually incorrect. Read more
Published 5 months ago by duckyber
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Bushell
A very good read. Roger Bushell was a very brave man as we're the other Great Escapers. One cannot help admire the way her took the fight to the enemy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by frossy
4.0 out of 5 stars The man behind the great escape
Very interesting and well written revealing the character of this very brave man. Has renewed my interest in re reading the great escape.
Published 6 months ago by L. A. Donaldson
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