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, Military Fiction, World War II, Aviation

Reviews The Escape Artists

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Rosann
    This story combines several areas of interest; early aviators, World War I, tales of daring-do, and larger than life heroes. And it's all true. In The Escape Artists, author Neal Bascombe weaves together the stories of WW I soldiers and aviators, and the Germans who imprisoned them. The multiple story lines, the characters who move through various prison camps, and daring failed attempts, and finally the mass escape of British POWs is told compel...
  • Jeremy Reppy
    This was a very interesting and enjoyable book; 4+ stars. It was fun to read about the various escape attempts, both those that succeeded (whether temporarily or permanently) and those that failed, sometimes in comedic fashion. Yet, while there are some very amusing parts of the story, including some of the ways the British and Empire POWs resisted the abusive behavior of camp commanders or guards, there are some very sobering parts of the story,...