Monday, July 7, 2014

"The Great Escape: A Canadian Story"

While in St. John's a little over a month ago at a writers' conference, I had the good fortune to meet Ted Barris, author of this excellent and highly recommended book. It is the story of the actual events behind the movie "The Great Escape" with Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and other stars of the day.

Why a Canadian story? Because many of the key players in the escape from North Compound Stalag Luft III were men from all across Canada who had been drawn to the RCAF or RAF during the Second World War. Shot down over Germany, they were determined to cause as much distraction as possible to their captors, thus helping the war effort. They were heroic and determined, the result of their efforts laudable but bloody and brutal. Barris did an excellent job of telling the story, including much meticulous research and followup with the survivors. Excellent photos are a highlight.

I highly recommend the book, having found it an educational--not to mention emotional--read. It is available through Amazon, and you can read more about Ted Barris on his website.

2 comments:

Pat and Marcus said...

Thanks for that recommendation. I shall look for the book.

Robert Mackay said...

Pat and Marcus--I stand in awe of the broad range of your interests. You must have an amazing library.

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