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The Last Escaper
by Peter Tunstall


Overview - Without false pride or bitterness, Tunstall recounts the hijinks of training to be a pilot, terrifying bombing raids, and elaborate escape attempts at once hilarious and deadly serious--all part of a poignant and human war story superbly told by a natural raconteur.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Without false pride or bitterness, Tunstall recounts the hijinks of training to be a pilot, terrifying bombing raids, and elaborate escape attempts at once hilarious and deadly serious--all part of a poignant and human war story superbly told by a natural raconteur.The Last Escaper is a captivating final testament by the "last man standing" from the Greatest Generation.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781468310559
  • ISBN-10: 1468310550
  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Military
Books > History > Military - World War II

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-11-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this posthumous memoir, Tunstall (1918–2013) relates his experiences as an RAF pilot during WWII. Captured early on, he spent the duration of the war at several different POW facilities, and he offers gripping details of his prison life, especially his many harrowing escape attempts. There is no doubt that he was an innovative escape artist, pioneering many tricks of the trade—including the immediate costume change—and helping intelligence operations with his use of “split photographs” combined with codes, in which he hid information between the layers of paper photographs. Tunstall also shares some impressive methods for manufacturing the clothing, documents, and other items needed for a successful escape. He spends the book’s closing pages defending the Allied bombing offensive that may have hastened Germany’s surrender, perhaps due to the postwar outcry against it. Tunstall’s informal prose reads like a letter home and is heavily flavored by the author’s perceptions. But the historical account of behind-the-scenes drama makes this a valuable addition to the period literature. (Jan)

 
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