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The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram By David M. Guss

The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram by David M. Guss

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Summary

The extraordinary - and never before told - story of Alastair Cram, the British soldier who escaped from prisoner-of-war camps not once but more than twenty times

The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram Summary

The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram: A compelling story of courage and endurance in the Second World War by David M. Guss

'Endlessly fascinating. Cram's story sizzles with adventure.' Giles Milton, Sunday Times

A genuinely new Second World War story, The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram is a riveting account of the wartime exploits of Alastair Cram, brilliantly told by the American author, David Guss. Cram was taken prisoner in North Africa in November 1941, which began a long odyssey through twelve different POW camps, three Gestapo prisons and one asylum. He became a serial escapee - fleeing his captors no fewer than twenty-one times, including his final, and finally successful, escape from a POW column in April 1945.

Perhaps the most dramatic of his attempts was from Gavi, the 'Italian Colditz'. Gavi was a maximum-security prison near Genoa for the pericolosi, the 'most dangerous' inmates because of their perpetual hunger to escape. It was here that Alastair met David Stirling, the legendary founder of the SAS, and cooked up the plan for what would become the 'Cistern Tunnel' escape, one of the most audacious but hitherto little-known mass escape attempts of the entire war.

A story of courage in the face of extraordinary odds, it is a testament to one man's dogged determination never to give up.

The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram Reviews

Endlessly fascinating. Cram's story sizzles with adventure and the author plays it for all it is worth. I found myself rooting for his hero at every scrape and turn. * Giles Milton, Sunday Times *
The story of Alastair Cram is a remarkable one, perhaps richer for having remained untold for so long . . . a book that ranks among the best escape literature * The Times *
An enthralling portrait of true courage * Sunday Express S Magazine *
An extraordinary story, vividly told. * History Revealed *
Reads like a John Buchan novel. * History of War *
[A] masterful account . . . Harrowing and deeply touching 21 Escapes pays homage to an inspiring figure and the determination of the human spirit. * Scottish Field *

About David M. Guss

David M. Guss is a writer and anthropologist who has lived and worked in various parts of Latin America and Europe. In addition to his anthropological work, Guss is a published poet and translator. Fascinated with escape literature since childhood, he was introduced to Alistair Cram's widow, Isobel, and given full access to his papers, including the wartime journals on which this book is based. He lives in the United States.

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GOR009168582
9781509829569
1509829563
The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram: A compelling story of courage and endurance in the Second World War by David M. Guss
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Pan Macmillan
2018-05-31
448
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