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Paul Simpson is the author or co-author of over a dozen non-fiction books including an acclaimed ... Read More

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Paul Simpson is the author or co-author of over a dozen non-fiction books including an acclaimed round-up of conspiracy theories. He has edited and contributed to numerous international entertainment magazines and currently oversees news and reviews website SciFiBulletin.comTrue stories of prison breaks including those of Frank Abagnale, whose story is told in Catch Me If You Can; Henri Charrière who claimed to have escaped from the supposedly inescapable Devil's Island - the true story as opposed to his questionable memoir, Papillon; Bud Day, said to be the only US serviceman ever to have escaped to South Vietnam; the six prisoners who escaped from Death Row in Mecklenburg Correctional Center; and Pascal Payeret, the French armed robber who escaped not once, but twice from French prisons with the help of a helicopter.

64 thrilling true stories of incredible escapes

This exhaustively researched collection of extraordinary prison breaks separates urban myth from the truth. It includes the true stories behind movies such as Catch Me if You Can, about the life of Frank Abagnale Jr, and Papillon, based on Henri Charrière's questionable memoir of the same name, in which he claimed to have escaped from the supposedly inescapable Devil's Island.

Other escapes include those of Bud Day, said to be the only US serviceman ever to have escaped to South Vietnam; the six prisoners who escaped from Death Row in Mecklenburg Correctional Center; the forty members of the Irish Republican Army who, in 1983, broke out of the highest security prison in Western Europe; Pascal Payet, the French armed robber who escaped not once, but twice from French prisons with the help of a helicopter; and the little-known first helicopter escape from an American jail, masterminded by conman Dale Remling.

Extraordinary accounts of remarkable escapes from maximum-security prisons.A variety of true tales of ingenuity, opportunity, and persistence . . . each chronicling larger-than-life, sometimes hard-to-swallow prison escapes . . . Simpson delves into the details and background of each escape, leaving no stone unturned in his attempt to place each episode in context. He presents this series of engaging tales in an accessible, fluid style, and follows every subject to their often untimely end.

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Title: TheMammoth Book of Prison Breaks
Author: Paul Simpson
SKU: BK0257160
EAN: 9781472100238
Language: English

About Author

PAUL SIMPSON is the author and co-author of over two dozen non-fiction books including A Brief History of the Spy and The Mammoth Book of Prison Breaks.

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