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The White Rabbit: Wing Commander F.F.E.Yeo-Thomas (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) [Paperback]

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7 Dec 2000 CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS

The bestselling story of one of the most important and influential SOE agents in the last war

A truly harrowing tale the true extent of what the Gestapo and the SS were capable of

¿Unforgettable¿ ¿ H.E. Bates

¿Strong meat¿an inspiring and terrible document¿ ¿ Evening Standard

Equally famous as a film


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (7 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304356972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304356973
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Told with all the skill and polish of an adventurer, this book will be welcomed by readers of informal history.?-Wilson Library Bulletin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The harrowing, and inspiring, story of the capture of one of Britain¿s top SOE agents in World War Two, his refusal to crack under the most horrific torture, and his final imprisonment in a concentration camp.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest books I have ever read 9 Jan 2002
Format:Paperback
I first read this book about 10 years ago and lost my battered old paperback copy, but never forgetting it. For years I tried to replace it but found that it was out of print and would have cost over 70 to obtain - until now. What a wonderful surprise since it is without doubt one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. In fact so much so that I still regularly draw upon the SOE's talismanic Yeo-Thomas' story to remind myself what real courage,loyalty and friendship means. If you ever face adversity or are feeling hard done by this great man's life will undoubtedly steel you and inspire you. The first part of the book is long on detail and is a little slow but well worth it for the utterly amazing real-life tales of heroism that follow. A book for ourselves and for our children - seminal and life-changing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop adventure of a genuine hero 7 Nov 2004
By Andrew Kerr TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This was the third book I read about F F Yeo-Thomas. He's mentioned a lot in Leo Mark's 'Between Silk & Cyanide', which is another outstanding book. The other book I read was 'The Bravest of the Brave', which added a lot of family background for him, but was written by an academic, I suspect. Much less flowing in its style.
It says in the introduction for The White Rabbit that Bruce Marshall was Yeo-Thomas's choice for writing his story. That made me wonder whether it might be told in a rather sycophantic way.
I needn't have bothered. The story is so incredible anyway (and well-documented in enough other sources for me to know it hasn't been embellished in this book) that there's no need for sycophancy.
It strikes me that it's an ideal book for mid-teenagers, so that they understand the real sacrifices that were made for us during WW II. Don't get me wrong - I wasn't even close to being born then, but I think I do have the beginnings of an appreciation, having read this book and others.
But the reason it'd be good for kids of that age is that they'll be swept along by the story like a cork in a fast stream, and never even think they're being 'taught' anything! The tale of the White Rabbit is absolutely incredible! From one hair-raisingly scary situation to the next, he's never less than dignified and honourable, and always incredibly resourceful - even in the face of terrible adversity.
I recently visited the VC room in the Imperial War Museum, and stood for a good 10-15 minutes at the small cabinet containing F F Y-T's memorabilia. You can't help but almost worship at this 'shrine'. I certainly believe we all owe him (and numerous others like him, of course) a great deal of respect and thanks.
Better than any Famous Five tales, and more exciting than just about any other book you'll find, this is a member of that rare club - a genuinely gripping, exciting AND educational book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling read 6 Mar 2002
Format:Paperback
I've just finished the last page of this book and find it hard to know if I could possibly survive such an ordeal in the same situation; to maintain the courage and determination needed to reach home. It's no wonder Yeo-Thomas struggled to return to normal life after his experiences. I highly recommend this book - if you are thinking about whether to order it or not...do so as you won't regret it. A truely thrilling, exhausting and inspirational read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational piece of writing 13 April 2009
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As schools and educators in the UK discuss whether or not history still has a place on the syllabus, this book is a powerful reminder of just how important the subject is. This is history at its best.

The book was utterly gripping from start to finish. It tells the story of a truly inspirational man fighting, not for King and country, but for his own survival. The tension created by the author is all the more real since we know it's based on a true story.

You won't regret buying it. I promise.
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I received this book as part of a four pack set on the Second World War. It is an incredible story of the bravery of the soldiers captured by the Gestapo during the Second World War. Beautifully written, captivating and even more shocking and powerful as every word is true. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the War and history. It goes to show that ordinary people can do the most amazing things.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the going is getting tough...... 7 Dec 2003
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Format:Paperback
Whenever we are faced with challenges and we need some perspective on life,remember this man's challenges and his inner strength - your issues will quickly fade in comparison.
Compare those footballers paid 50,000 A WEEK with this man and his life or those nonentity "celebrities" preening themselves on TV - what an insult to everything he fought for and suffered.
This is such a memorable story and a great leveller.
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