TRUE TALES OF BOLD ESCAPES by Theodore Roscoe

TRUE TALES OF BOLD ESCAPES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Roscoe describes five famous escapes, though the word escapes may be innaccurate. In the case of John Surratt, who was John Wilkes Booth's co-conspirator in Lincoln's assassination, present evidence indicates that Surratt didn't so much escape as get shoehorned out of the country. The recent The Lincoln Murder Trial has damning accusations against Secretary of War Stanton and Federal Secret Service Chief Lafayette Baker as a pair of traitors... also described is the true escape of the U.S. submarine Puffer, which was pinned way below test depth by the Japanese, absorbed prolonged depth-bombing and stayed submerged for 31 hours...Grotius, the father of international law, once escaped from a Dutch prison disguised as a box of books... Joshua Barney, an American sea-captain, was an escape artist who was captured five times by the British and got away five times...During the Franco-Prussian War, with Paris blockaded, Leon Gambetta improvised a whole fleet of blockade-running balloons. He too escaped and returned with a citizens army a million strong. All of these stories are fresh and bear retelling.

Pub Date: April 30th, 1965
Publisher: Prentice-Hall