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The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

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ISBN13: 9781558216846
ISBN10: 1558216847
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In 1941, the author and a small group of fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp. Their march out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India is a remarkable statement about man's desire to be free.With a new Afterword by the author, and the author's Foreword to the Polish edition, this new edition of The Long Walk is destined to outrank its classic status. (6 X 9, 256 pages, map)"One of the epic treks of the human race. Shackleton, Franklin, Amundsen...history is filled with people who have crossed immense distances and survived despite horrific odds. None of them, however, has achieved the extraordinary feat Rawicz has recorded. He and his companions crossed an entire continent--the Siberian arctic, the Gobi desert and then the Himalayas--with nothing but an ax, a knife, and a week's worth of food...His account is so filled with despair and suffering it is almost unreadable. But it must be read--and re-read."--Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm"The Long Walk is a book that I absolutely could not put down and one that I will never forget..."--Stephen Ambrose

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In 1941, the author and a small group of fellow prisoners escape from a Soviet labor camp.

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The harrowing true tale of escaped Soviet prisoners¿ desperate march out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India.

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grammahotshot, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by grammahotshot)
Cherish freedom? I first read it over 50 years ago and I've read it again and again. There were prisoners of war taken during WWII - this man was one. Rawicz and the people who fled a prison in Russia with him were willing to endure unbelievable hardships just to have freedom. A carefully planned escape and then the risks of being caught are just the beginning of the story. Along the way they are joined by others. Not everyone survives their journey which includes crossing a desert and mountains. You will be moved to tears and filled with awe as you read this wonderful account of the human desire for freedom.
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Barbara Miller, May 9, 2012 (view all comments by Barbara Miller)
I had known about this book for many years before running across the audio version of it in a library and deciding to experience it. I realize that there are questions about whether this story could possibly be true--certainly there are highly improbable aspects to it, and apparently there are Soviet records saying that Rawicz was released in 1942 rather than being sent to Siberia. But it's a fascinating and compelling book, even if it's fiction (or, perhaps, a story that he may have constructed while in solitary confinement to keep from going crazy). The characters he meets and describes, and the relationships he forms with the people with whom he escapes and makes the journey, are as interesting as any novel. I was moved by their courage, determination, and resourcefulness, as a model for how to approach the times of trial in my own life. The journalist who ghost-wrote the book is a good writer, so the story flows well, with telling details. The time I spent with it was well worth it.
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Barbara Miller, May 9, 2012 (view all comments by Barbara Miller)
I had known about this book for many years before running across the audio version of it in a library and deciding to experience it. I realize that there are questions about whether this story could possibly be true--certainly there are highly improbable aspects to it, and apparently there are Soviet records saying that Rawicz was released in 1942 rather than being sent to Siberia. But it's a fascinating and compelling book, even if it's fiction (or, perhaps, a story that he may have constructed while in solitary confinement to keep from going crazy). The characters he meets and describes, and the relationships he forms with the people with whom he escapes and makes the journey, are as interesting as any novel. The journalist who ghost-wrote the book is a good writer, so the story flows well, with telling details. The time I spent with it was well worth it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781558216846
Subtitle:
The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
Afterword:
Rawicz, Slavomir
Foreword:
Downing, Ronald
Author:
Rawicz, Slavomir
Afterword:
Rawicz, Slavomir
Foreword:
Downing, Ronald
Author:
Downing, Ronald
Publisher:
The Lyons Press
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Siberia (russia)
Subject:
Prisoners of war
Subject:
Inspirational - General
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
First edition
Publication Date:
19971201
Binding:
TP
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.64x6.10x.60 in. .77 lbs.

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