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The confidence men : how two prisoners of war engineered the most remarkable escape in history, Margalit Fox

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The confidence men : how two prisoners of war engineered the most remarkable escape in history
Title
The confidence men
Title remainder
how two prisoners of war engineered the most remarkable escape in history
Statement of responsibility
Margalit Fox
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Imprisoned in a remote Turkish prison camp during World War I, having survived a two-month forced march and a terrifying shootout in the desert, two British officers, Harry Jones and Cedric Hill, join forces to bamboozle their iron-fisted captors. To stave off despair and boredom, Jones takes a handmade Ouija board and fakes elaborate séances for his fellow prisoners. Word gets around camp, and one day, a Turkish officer approaches Jones with a query: Could Jones contact the spirit world to find a vast treasure rumored to be buried nearby? Jones, a trained lawyer, and Hill, a brilliant magician, use the Ouija board--and their keen understanding of the psychology of deception--to build a trap for the Turkish officers that will ultimately lead them to freedom. The Confidence Men is the story of the only known con game played for a good cause--and of a profound but unlikely friendship. Had it not been for "the Great War," Jones, the Oxford-educated son of a British lord, and Hill, a mechanic from an Australian sheep farm, would never have met. But in pain, loneliness, hunger, and isolation, they formed a powerful emotional and intellectual alliance that saved both of their lives. Margalit Fox brings her "nose for interesting facts, the ability to construct a taut narrative arc, and a Dickens-level gift for concisely conveying personality" (Kathryn Schulz, New York) to this gripping tale of psychological strategy that is rife with cunning, danger, and moments of high farce that rival anything in Catch-22"--
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Biography type
collective biography
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Fox, Margalit
Dewey number
  • 940.4/725638
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D627.T8
LC item number
F69 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Jones, E. H.
  • Hill, C. W.
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Escaped prisoners of war
  • Escaped prisoners of war
  • Prisoner-of-war escapes
  • Prisoner-of-war camps
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Male friendship
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The confidence men : how two prisoners of war engineered the most remarkable escape in history, Margalit Fox
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: A wraith at the top of the stairs -- For king and country -- Besieged -- Destination unknown -- A hundred springs -- Spooked -- The uses of enchantment -- The regard of flight -- In confidence -- Villainous OOO -- The treasure test -- The telechronistic ray -- Certifiable -- Two lunatics, 500 pounds of butter, and a great deal of flour -- The mad ward -- Near death -- Persuasion -- Epilogue: Afterlife
Control code
on1250391372
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 329 pages
Isbn
9781984853844
Lccn
2020044276
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1250391372
Label
The confidence men : how two prisoners of war engineered the most remarkable escape in history, Margalit Fox
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: A wraith at the top of the stairs -- For king and country -- Besieged -- Destination unknown -- A hundred springs -- Spooked -- The uses of enchantment -- The regard of flight -- In confidence -- Villainous OOO -- The treasure test -- The telechronistic ray -- Certifiable -- Two lunatics, 500 pounds of butter, and a great deal of flour -- The mad ward -- Near death -- Persuasion -- Epilogue: Afterlife
Control code
on1250391372
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 329 pages
Isbn
9781984853844
Lccn
2020044276
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1250391372

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