Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom. With no map or compass but only an ax head, a ...
Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom. With no map or compass but only an ax head, a homemade knife, and a week's supply of food, the compatriots spent a year making their way on foot to British India, through four thousand miles of the most forbidding terrain on earth. They braved the Himalayas, the desolate Siberian tundra, icy rivers, and the great Gobi Desert, always a hairs breadth from death. Finally returning home, Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army to fight the Germans.
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Cober, Alan (Cover art by). Very good. Age-toning. Tightly bound. Light page block soiling. Back cover small outside edge bump-crinkle, 1/8th inch. First edition. Mass-market (rack) paperback. Color art cover. Yellow page blocks. 246p. True account 1941: Escaping from a Soviet slave camp, a 26-yr-old Polish lieutenant and 6 fellow prisoners trek over 4000 miles of challenging terrain from Siberia, across the Gobi Desert, through the Himalayas, to freedom. Joined en route by a young girl, having no map or compass, carrying an ax head and a homemade knife, these 8 endured. Slavomir Rawicz, that Polish officer, recounted their struggle and determination.
Buy it, read it, live it. Truth is more fascinating than fiction any day.
Oct 23, 2008
This is a tale that should be passed on for generations. Why it has not been made into a movie one can only guess. Once started you will not be able to put it down. The will to survive coupled with careful planning and epic endurance will bond you to the writer on an odyssey that stirs the soul. Homer's great tale is more myth than fact and yet has intrigued readers for thousands of years. Here you will read the testimony of a humble Polish soldier who's actual journey will inspire the oppressed for eras to come.
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