Colditz | Paperback | By Ben Macintyre

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  • Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle
  • Pages: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Ben MacIntyre
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: 15 September 2022
  • Category: WWII History
  • Size: 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.9cm
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Colditz by Ben Macintyre

Synopsis

In a forbidding Gothic castle on a hilltop in the heart of Nazi Germany, an unlikely band of British officers spent the Second World War plotting daring escapes from their German captors. Or so the story of Colditz has gone, unchallenged for 70 years. But that tale contains only part of the truth.

The astonishing inside story, revealed for the first time by bestselling historian Ben Macintyre, is a tale of the indomitable human spirit, but also one of class conflict, homosexuality, espionage, insanity and farce. Through an astonishing range of material, Macintyre reveals a remarkable cast of characters, wider than previously seen and hitherto hidden from history, taking in prisoners and captors who were living cheek-by-jowl in a thrilling game of cat and mouse.

From the elitist members of the Colditz Bullingdon Club to America's oldest paratrooper and least successful secret agent, the soldier-prisoners of Colditz were courageous and resilient as well as vulnerable and fearful -- and astonishingly imaginative in their desperate escape attempts. Deeply researched and full of incredible human stories, this is the definitive book on Colditz.

Reviews

'A master at setting the pulse racing' Daily Mail

'Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else' John Preston

'Nuanced and gripping . . . The Colditz story is told with sensitivity and insight, with an eye for telling detail.' The Times

Author

Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including Agent Sonya, SAS: Rogue Heroes, The Spy and the Traitor, Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. Several of his books have been made into films and television series, including Operation Mincemeat, A Spy Among Friends and SAS: Rogue Heroes.

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