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5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a thriller novel and immediately draws you in.
First published in 1953, Pen and Sword's edition of Airey Neave's ultimate Second World War escape memoir is a must for any student of history or military enthusiast, but before I delve into the book itself I must comment on its format.

Measuring a practical 16 cm x 23.5 cm in size with a flexible resilient paperback cover, the book is importantly not too...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm??!?
Immediately seems far too biased / opioniated, ie/ within the first chapter, author seems to become offended that an escapee gets shot by a sentry - isn't that their job after all.......??!? Irritated me so much, wasn't willing to read further (I'd like to think there was more to the story, but really not interested in hearing it from this source (perhaps he should 'bin'...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A history of fortitude., 20 Oct 2013
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This review is from: They Have Their Exits: The Best-Selling Escape Memoir of World War Two (Pen and Sword Military Classics) (Kindle Edition)
The author was a brave and committed man drawn into WW2 at its start and survived capture and several escapes to
go back to he colours and his is his biographical account. He became a member of parliament and was murdered in
the area of The Houses of Parliament when his car was blown up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, 19 Oct 2013
This review is from: They Have Their Exits: The Best-Selling Escape Memoir of World War Two (Pen and Sword Military Classics) (Kindle Edition)
Its was interesting to read the details of life and escape attempts from Colditz POW camp written at first hand. It has the ring of truth and not over dramatized for effect. When reading such accounts I often wonder if, in similar circumstances, I would have the guts to escape or sit it out and hope for the best. So much strength of mind, body, plus not a little luck would be needed. With his Dutch escapee companion they made a remarkable success of it. How sad that Airey Neave was killed by an IRA car bomb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A show of resiliance, 19 Oct 2013
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Truly a person to look up to and what a life he had, a real life hero to aspire to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book., 19 Oct 2013
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Get it. Read it. You can't fail to be impressed and moved by this man's story. Truly remarkable. A excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff, 18 Oct 2013
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fantastic story of very brave men and the civilians that braved death and torture to help them. well told and easy to follow couldnt put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great man, 16 Oct 2013
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another unsung hero, it gives great sadness to know that a man who gave so much was murdered by the IRA . He ranks alongside Lord Mountbatten also murdered by the IRA . How can we ever respect the Irish who committed such acts. These men gave for the freedom of all the world including Ireland not just England. Makes me feel ashamed that two generations ago I am from half Irish stoc
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated? Maybe, but still fascinating., 26 Sep 2013
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Another reviewer has commented that the book is dated and as it was written several decades ago that is no great surprise.

The writing style is very straightforward and direct with little emotion evident in many parts of the book. Despite, or maybe due to, that fact it is a fascinating first hand account of life in prison camps and the escape from same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 19 Sep 2013
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Read story many years ago before Airey Neaves untimely death. Enjoyed it as much on 2nd go. What a courageous man, the determination to be free drove him on and book is almost like an adventure novel, great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Airey Neave... 'The best of British.', 17 Sep 2013
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Without vanity, this story illustrates the indomitable spirit which motivated escaping prisoners of war in WW2. The author, although from an upper middle class background, humbly recognises the courage and bravery shown by people from all walks of life, who were willing to risk their own lives for the sake of others.
Having himself successfully made the 'Home Run' from Colditz. and having experienced of the brutality of the Nazi regime, it is interesting to read his non-judgemental observations on the war criminals whom he met in an official capacity at the Nurnberg Trials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Hero, 13 Sep 2013
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A good true story that lets you know what prisoners of war went through. It was a great crime for him to die the way he did.
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