- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; New edition edition (22 Jan. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0850528658
- ISBN-13: 978-0850528657
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.1 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
They Have Their Exits: A Classic World War Two Memoir of Action and Escape Hardcover – 22 Jan 2002
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Airey Neave pursued a high profile political career, becoming Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's closest confident before his assassination by the IRA. "They Have Their Exits" is arguably the finest memoir to emerge from WWII.
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Airey Neave pursued a high profile political career, becoming Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's closest confident before his assassination.
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Measuring a practical 16 cm x 23.5 cm in size with a flexible resilient paperback cover, the book is importantly not too heavy, making for excellent reading next to the pool or on a journey, or indeed anywhere.
The cover is well designed appealing to a new generation, as well as older. The book itself reads very much like a thriller novel and immediately draws you in, leading you from the shattered remnants of the British Expeditionary Force at Calais to the impregnability of Colditz castle, and beyond. We not only share Neave's experiences but get a glimpse into his psyche.
This is no ordinary escape memoir, for Neave was no ordinary escaper. The author relates his account through a mix of narrative and flashback, supplemented by excellent images and illustrations. His thoughts help to build a picture of this man and the circumstances he found himself in, not to mention providing a unique and rare insight into the key defendants at the Nuremberg Trials, from a fellow prisoners point of view.
Aside from the main story, what I found especially interesting was the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Neave's fellow prisoners, for without whom such escapes would have been impossible. In particular how escape aids and uniforms were fashioned, sometimes leading to humorous consequences.
They have their exits is definitely worth reading, and reading over and again. Sometimes humorous, the story is one of human resourcefulness, endurance and determination, which brings the author, as well as the reader full circle. If you only manage to pack one book this summer, make it this one.
A local park was named after him and I googled the name. I was amazed.
Here was a guy with which I shared some common ground (same Regiment), but who had achieved so much - war time record, prisoner of war, escaping Colditz, returning to combat, moving into politics.
Incredible. The book arrived quickly and I can't wait to get into it.
Some of the recollections of his meeting before the Nuremburg trials were very interesting but the general writing and the description of his escape are very poor. When read, they should like the writings of an early teenage boy that have been reading too many poorly written turn of the century novels. Neave is extremely bias and negative in all his dealings with Germans which poorly slants the book away from real life observations. It is very scant in detail, and seems to jump around a fair bit.
If you want to read this book as an "off it's time" book about the experiences of an Army officer, then read it. If you want a book about the facts/life/stories of the men and escapades at Colditz, I would suggest that you look elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very little of our History touches upon or illustrates vividly the heroics of a united Continents struggle against Tyranny. It is all here in this book.Published 4 months ago by James McGreal
All encompassing account of various situations encountered during WWII.Published 6 months ago by Harry Rab
An amazing story. The best escape story I have read and I have read quite a few. The events after the war are just as astonishing.Published 10 months ago by jeremy scarsbrook
Read this loads of times in hardback, paperbook and Kindle. Always enjoy the stories from the masters of escape.Published 10 months ago by Alan of Faversham
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