The Escape Artists by Neal Bascomb

The Escape Artists

Neal Bascomb, New York Times best-selling author, delivers the spellbinding story of the downed Allied airmen who masterminded the remarkably courageous--and ingenious--breakout from Germany's most devilish POW camp In the winter trenches and flak-filled skies of World War I, soldiers and pilots alike might avoid death, only to find themselves imprisoned in Germany's archipelago of POW camps, often in abominable conditions. The most infamous was ...

Details The Escape Artists

TitleThe Escape Artists
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, World War I, World War II, Military Fiction

Reviews The Escape Artists

  • ||Swaroop||
    Stone Walls do not a Prison make. Nor Iron bars a Cage.
  • Paul
    The Escape Artists can easily be envisioned as ready for the big screen. The author builds up the story with painstakingly researched details of the fliers lives before the war, while imprisoned, and afterwards, including the reunions decades later. This book joins Bascomb’s other great pieces of wartime nonfiction, and rivals Hampton Sides’s Ghost Soldiers as one of the best accounts of POW escape.For my full review:
  • Bonnye Reed
    GNAB This is a excellent history of the POW situation in Germany in the First World War, and the intrepid pilots and air crews who did their all to escape and get back into the planes that would win the war. I found it very enlightening and even entertaining at times, with never a dull moment. We forget, in this day and age, just how fragile were the planes in the early twentieth century, and how nasty that war got before it was over. The Geneva ...
  • Martin
    Bascomb is one of my favorites. This is an exceptional WWI thriller that tells the story of British POWs and their exploits trying to escape captivity. As is the case with the author's previous works, there is exceptional quality research and prose that read like good fiction. Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the Advanced Copy
  • Christopher Hayes
    This book was absolutely spellbinding. I read it in two days and found myself struggling to pull away. With superb editing and an extensive history of reasearch, Neal Bascomb was able to transport me to another time. The Escape Artists is a nonfiction account of prisoners of war held in Germany during World War One. This was a time when the gentlemanly agreements of the Hague and Geneva conventions were unenforceable, and prisoners were treated i...
  • Barry
    3.5 stars if I could. This book is a great true story which could potentially be an even better movie.
  • Leigh-Anne
    I enjoyed reading "The Escape Artists" by Neal Boscomb. It was and interesting and engaging story I was unaware of set in WWI. I am so grateful when authors write these types of stories because a time will come when the memories of these events are completely erased and these books are all we will have left of such important events. The story follows several British military men during WWI as they make several attempts to escape POW Camps in Germ...
  • Schuyler Wallace
    When you ‘re down and out and feeling blue (is that a song?), you need a book such as Neal Bascomb’s “The Escape Artists” to get you rejuvenated. It’s the story of heroes who never give up. The horrors of German prison camps are, once again, presented in miserable detail but there’s something different. There’s optimism, courage, ingenuity, persistence, and humor that overcome the bleakness experienced by most captives.During the wa...
  • Steve
    I have read the book about the famous Great Escape of World War II from a German POW camp. However, I have never heard of the Great Escape of World War I until I read this book. This book was amazing and very interesting. British and other Allied pilots were being held in German POW camps. One of the POW camps was Holzminden, a landlocked Alcatraz that held Allied POW's who made several escape attempts from other prisons. The camp commandant was ...
  • The Irregular Reader
    So have you seen The Great Escape? The 1963 film is a virtual who’s-who of ’60s movie stardom (including Steve McQueen (yay!), James Coburn, Richard Attenborough, and James Garner). The movie is a dramatization of a real-life mass prison break from a Nazi prison camp during World War II. The Escape Artists tells the story of the men who laid the foundations of such escapes.World War I brought warfare into a brutal, modern era. The trenches...
  • Jill Meyer
    Neal Bascomb is the author of many books about WW1, WW2, and other 20th century events. He's a superb author; writing about complicated history with an ease it's a pleasure to read. His new book, "The Escape Artists", is about British airmen and soldiers captured by the Germans in WW1 and sent to a hell-hole POW camp, Holzminden. The subtitle of the book is "A Band of Daredevil Pilots and Greatest Prison Break of the Great War", and that's what B...
  • Jen Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ
    This is my first time reading Neal Bascomb and he offers so much of what I want in a book. I love historical novels, fiction or non-fiction, that are well researched and are well written. I enjoyed learning about aviation during WWI through the multiple story lines and rich character development. Will look for more books by Bascomb in the future. Thanks!
  • Lghiggins
    War is such a horrible thing—vicious, destructive, and despicable. It brings out the worst and the best in man. We see both in Neal Bascomb’s true recounting of the largest escape of WWI by the British at one time—twenty-nine officers of whom ten actually made it out of Germany to Holland without being recaptured.Bascomb’s well-researched tale The Escape Artists is divided into four major sections. In the first, “Capture,” he provides...
  • Jeff
    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. SynopsisBritish pilots of rudimentary airplanes are captured by Germans during WWI. As prisoners of war, they are shuffled to various prisons and subject to brutal conditions. Lack of food, clean water, adequate shelter, and cruelty on the part of the prisons’ commanders’ force many officers to plan elaborate escapes. These plans, if they fail, will yield corporal punishment, solitary confinement,...
  • Linda
    This is an excellent history (that I received as an eARC from Netgalley) of a subject that is not that well represented in the history section - probably because it deals with WWI instead of WWII. Luckily ever since 2014 when the first WWI centennials were observed more and more information about WWI has been published and a new generation of readers are introduced to the terrible first world war, a war of such devastation it is sad that this was...
  • Read Ng
    The Great Escape of the Great War.An historic event that I was not aware of. This story reads closely along the lines of the WWII movie version, The Great Escape. But these events occurred in a different era and sense of honor than in WWII. Prisoners allowed parole walks outside of the fenced prison? Care packages from home that actually make it to the prisoners? It was a different world, vastly different than today's world.I really like the glim...
  • Jess
    The Escape Artists is the extraordinary story of a small group of British servicemen and their efforts to escape from German POW camps. It's not necessarily one group, as prisoners get moved from camp to camp and participate in different escape efforts. Rather, it's about the resilience of men in very challenging conditions. They face frustrations and dangers, and some even make good their escapes while others fail and some even die in the effort...
  • Brian
    The Escape Artists by Neal Bascomb follows a group of British officers as they attempt to escape from World War I prison camps. In typical Neal Bascomb fashion the book is fast paced and covers lots of ancillary stories before settling on the main one and tying all of the pieces together in a nice story. This book which follows the largest breakout out attempt of British Prisoners of War in world war I and their harrowing journey across Germany a...
  • Gary Detrick
    A few pages into this book, and "Bang", your on a journey of capture and escape. Many tried to escape many times only to be captured again. Not ones to give up, they continue on. Plan continue to ensue putting you right in the middle of the plan, actions and eventually the big escape. A book you don't want to put down once Neal takes you on a ride through the characters and their adventures. Intertwining the events of the individuals leaves you w...
  • Libby Beyreis
    I'm kind of a sucker for true stories about prison breaks, so I was already predisposed to like this book. It's a great story, though. It follows a number of pilots who were captured by the Germans during the first world war, and tracks their various escape attempts, culminating in a massive prison break from the prison camp the Germans had specifically built to hold their most escape-prone captives. The book has a little bit of a slow start as i...
  • Judy
    The Escape Artists should appeal to WW1 history buffs. It sent me to the internet several times to find out more about the places and people mentioned. It would be a good literature selection to use in conjunction with a history class at the high school or college level, but I think it might be beyond most younger readers. I personally found it to be a rather slow read. I never got swept up in the story.I received an ARC from the publisher throug...
  • Timothy
    This is largely a tedious telling of dozens and dozens of failed attempts to escape from German POW camps in World War One by Allied Airmen and Soldiers. The purpose is to give background stories of the 29 men who successfully escaped from the Holzminden Prisoner of War Camp in 1918. All 29 men apparently tried to escape before and you read all the stories which are very similar. And there in lies the problem. It becomes horribly monotonous well ...
  • Stephen
    A very entertaining recount of not one, but many escapes or attempts. I was kept wondering which way the final escape would be. It is an easy read with short chapters so that you can stop anytime you want. Several of the captives you come very close to as their lives are described. You also come to despise a certain Kommondant. I love the message sent to him by one of the escapees. Brilliant! I will look forward to reading more from this author.
  • Colin Lawrence
    The story of the first 'great escape' by POWs. A well researched account of the mass breakout in 1918 from a supposedly escape-proof prisoner-of-war camp in Germany in the First World War. A fascinating incite into the conditions endured by captives who were desperate to return to the fight. An absorbing read which sheds much light on the attitudes of both Germany and Britain and neutrals towards the whole POW situation a hundred years ago.
  • Jay Klages
    A wonderful story brought to life, and 5-star research. I only thought the first half could have been structured a bit more effectively. After the initial captures, I found it hard to keep track of the main characters. Maybe the story could have just started at Holzminden where you got to know the main characters and their backstories. I was definitely glued to the last 100-150 pages. Recommended for any escape story junkie.
  • Charlie Zibreg
    Very good book. Details the many attempted escapes of these several WWI prisoners. Eventually, they were successful at tunneling and escaping from Holzminden prison. I also found it fascinating reading about the primitive, by today’s standard, planes the pilots used to fly behind enemy lines.
  • Cyndi
    Interesting but not riveting.
  • Bill Tyroler
    Quick-paced, highly readable account of a mass escape by British POWs in WWI.
  • Lee Adams
    Bascomb's narrative of the POW's passing through this tunnel brought on a feeling of claustrophobia. Great writing brought you right along this daring journey.