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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue
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)...
Published 13 months ago by William C. Powell

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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. The story of Roger Bushell is amazing, but it was totally let down by the way this book was written. The style is very patronising and one feels that Simon Pearson is 'talking down to you.'

What a shame such a...
Published 12 months ago by duckyber


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue, 14 April 2014
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William C. Powell (High Wycombe) - See all my reviews
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another part of the great story., 6 Oct. 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most Interesting, 20 Oct. 2013
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bob likes it, 16 Aug. 2013
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, 9 May 2014
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This review is from: The Great Escaper: The Life and Death of Roger Bushell - Love, Betrayal, Big X and The Great Escape (Kindle Edition)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Escapers of them all, 9 Sept. 2013
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Everyone knows of "The Great Escape" as a wonderful film, possibly also as a book by Paul Brickhill who had personal involvement in the escape from Stalag Luft III during the Second World War. Most people know that Hitler was so enraged by disruption to his reducing forces that he ordered that 50 escapers recaptured should be shot, constituting murder and breach of the Geneva Convention. This book traces the life of their worthy leader Roger Bushell, (called Roger Bartlett in the film and played by Richard Attenbrough) from his birth in South Africa to his life in England up to and including the War, as well as the Great Escape itself with tragic consequences for fifty men including Roger Bushell. This book is full of this man's incredible courage and daring deeds and explains why the Gestapo had warned him that escape again and you will be shot. In the knowledge of that Bushell was determined to not only escape but to disrupt the German forces as much as possible. His attitude hardened towards the enemy probably in the light of his experiences in Czechoslovakia immediately prior to being sent to Stalag Luft III and the brutality he witnessed first hand meted out to people who helped him as well as the rough treatment he himself received at their hands. An incredible life, and a brilliantly detailed and well researched book, which I could metaphorically not put down.This is a masterpiece of the genre by Simon Pearson. Thank you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandad's Best Read, 21 Sept. 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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2 of 2 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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This review is from: The Great Escaper: The Life and Death of Roger Bushell - Love, Betrayal, Big X and The Great Escape (Kindle Edition)
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 1 Sept. 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 2 Sept. 2013
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for the first time in my life i have read a book twice- so well written couldnt put it down
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