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

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MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES SOLD!
 
The classic adventure story that inspired the new major motion picture The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir
 
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“I hope The Long Walk will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves.”
—Slavomir Rawicz

"The Long Walk is a book that I absolutely could not put down and one that I will never forget..."--Stephen Ambrose

 

 "A poet with steel in his soul."--New York Times

 

"One of the most amazing, heroic stories of this or any other time."--Chicago Tribune

 

“A book filled with the spirit of human dignity and the courage of men seeking freedom.”

Los Angeles Times

 

“Heroism is not the domain of the powerful; it is the domain of people whose only other alternative is to give up and die…. [The Long Walk] must be read—and reread, and passed along to friends.”—National Geographic Adventure

 

“The ultimate human endurance story…told with clarity, vivid description, and a good dash of romance and humor.”—The Vancouver Sun

 

"Essentially it comes down to some sort of inner tenacity and that is what is so gripping about the book because you know that this is actually about all of us.  It's not just some Polish bloke who wanted to get home.  It's about how we all struggle on every day.  Somehow or other we find a reason to keep on going and it's the same here but on an epic scale".--Benedict Allen, explorer and bestselling author of Into the Abyss and Edge of Blue Heaven

 
***
 
In 1941, the author and six fellow prisoners of war escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk—a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, and untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march—over thousands of miles by foot—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.

 

 
Written in a hauntingly detailed, no-holds-barred way, the book inspired the Peter Wier film The Way Back, due for release in late 2010. Previous editions have sold hundreds of thousands of copies; this edition includes an afterword written by the author shortly before his death, as well as the author's introduction to the book's Polish edition.

 

 
Guaranteed to forever stay in the reader's mind, The Long Walk will remain a testament to the strength of the human spirit, and the universal desire for freedom and dignity.

 

 
***
 
Six-time Academy Award–nominee Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show, and The Dead Poets Society) recently directed The Way Back, a much-anticipated film based on The Long Walk. Starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, and Ed Harris, it is due for release in late 2010.

 

Synopsis:

The harrowing true tale of seven escaped Soviet prisoners who desperately marched out of Siberia through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India.

Synopsis:

MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES SOLD The classic adventure story that inspired the new major motion picture The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir *** I hope The Long Walk will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves. --Slavomir Rawicz

The Long Walk is a book that I absolutely could not put down and one that I will never forget...--Stephen Ambrose A poet with steel in his soul.--New York Times One of the most amazing, heroic stories of this or any other time.--Chicago Tribune A book filled with the spirit of human dignity and the courage of men seeking freedom. --Los Angeles Times Heroism is not the domain of the powerful; it is the domain of people whose only other alternative is to give up and die.... The Long Walk] must be read--and reread, and passed along to friends.--National Geographic Adventure The ultimate human endurance story...told with clarity, vivid description, and a good dash of romance and humor.--The Vancouver Sun Essentially it comes down to some sort of inner tenacity and that is what is so gripping about the book because you know that this is actually about all of us. It's not just some Polish bloke who wanted to get home. It's about how we all struggle on every day. Somehow or other we find a reason to keep on going and it's the same here but on an epic scale.--Benedict Allen, explorer and bestselling author of Into the Abyss and Edge of Blue Heaven *** In 1941, the author and six fellow prisoners of war escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk--a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, and untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march--over thousands of miles by foot--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.

Written in a hauntingly detailed, no-holds-barred way, the book inspired the Peter Wier film The Way Back, due for release in late 2010. Previous editions have sold hundreds of thousands of copies; this edition includes an afterword written by the author shortly before his death, as well as the author's introduction to the book's Polish edition.

Guaranteed to forever stay in the reader's mind, The Long Walk will remain a testament to the strength of the human spirit, and the universal desire for freedom and dignity.

*** Six-time Academy Award-nominee Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show, and The Dead Poets Society) recently directed The Way Back, a much-anticipated film based on The Long Walk. Starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, and Ed Harris, it is due for release in late 2010.

About the Author

Slavomir Rawicz lived in England after the war, settling near Nottingham and working as a handicrafts and woodworking instructor, a cabinetmaker, and later as a technician in architectural ceramics at a school of art and design. He married an Englishwoman, with whom he had five children. He retired in 1975 after a heart attack and lived a quiet life in the countryside until his death in 2004.

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Edward Hahn, June 25, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
In spite of the controversy as to whether this account is fact or fiction, I certainly enjoyed reading the book. After researching various articles and opinions, I'm still unsure, though I lean towards believing the narrative is actually a composite of a number of experiences including Rawicz's.

As was said in an account on the web entitled "Anderson's Long Walk Expedition", in which a group of people retraced Rawicz's journey, although on camels not on foot.

"Attempting to find truth in every written word of the Long Walk dooms the book to skepticism. The two most poignant examples of this are Rawicz and his companions crossing the Gobi desert without water for 13 days and sighting the yeti in the Himalayas. However, both of these events occurred when Rawicz was close to death due to extreme environmental conditions. Other sections of the book, such as the descriptions of the local people and their customs are so accurate it seems impossible a Polish immigrant living in England could have made up such details without experiencing them first hand.

Giving Rawicz some creative leeway, considering English was his third or fourth language and he wrote the book more than 15 years after the walk occurred, the events in the book take on a more believable tone."

Whether or not it was a completely true re-telling of Rawicz's experiences or not, it's still a gripping story.

The story was actually transcribed by Ronald Downing, a British reporter. I'm sure he took some creative liberties, especially in describing the Yeti encounter, due to his desire to find eye-witness accounts of just such meetings.

The story is exciting and moves along briskly. The prose is sparse but captures the emotion of these survivors very well. I recommend reading the book, if for no other reason, than to make up your own mind about the controversy surrounding its veracity.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781599219752
Author:
Rawicz, Slavomir
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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The harrowing true tale of seven escaped Soviet prisoners who desperately marched out of Siberia through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India.

"Synopsis" by , MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES SOLD The classic adventure story that inspired the new major motion picture The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir *** I hope The Long Walk will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves. --Slavomir Rawicz

The Long Walk is a book that I absolutely could not put down and one that I will never forget...--Stephen Ambrose A poet with steel in his soul.--New York Times One of the most amazing, heroic stories of this or any other time.--Chicago Tribune A book filled with the spirit of human dignity and the courage of men seeking freedom. --Los Angeles Times Heroism is not the domain of the powerful; it is the domain of people whose only other alternative is to give up and die.... The Long Walk] must be read--and reread, and passed along to friends.--National Geographic Adventure The ultimate human endurance story...told with clarity, vivid description, and a good dash of romance and humor.--The Vancouver Sun Essentially it comes down to some sort of inner tenacity and that is what is so gripping about the book because you know that this is actually about all of us. It's not just some Polish bloke who wanted to get home. It's about how we all struggle on every day. Somehow or other we find a reason to keep on going and it's the same here but on an epic scale.--Benedict Allen, explorer and bestselling author of Into the Abyss and Edge of Blue Heaven *** In 1941, the author and six fellow prisoners of war escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk--a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, and untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march--over thousands of miles by foot--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.

Written in a hauntingly detailed, no-holds-barred way, the book inspired the Peter Wier film The Way Back, due for release in late 2010. Previous editions have sold hundreds of thousands of copies; this edition includes an afterword written by the author shortly before his death, as well as the author's introduction to the book's Polish edition.

Guaranteed to forever stay in the reader's mind, The Long Walk will remain a testament to the strength of the human spirit, and the universal desire for freedom and dignity.

*** Six-time Academy Award-nominee Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show, and The Dead Poets Society) recently directed The Way Back, a much-anticipated film based on The Long Walk. Starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, and Ed Harris, it is due for release in late 2010.

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