Why did I love this book?
I’ve been intrigued with Colditz Castle, the German castle used to house WWII Allied prisoners, ever since watching the movie Escape From Colditz. Ben Macintyre’s book adds history to the basics of the movie, and makes it a living, breathing place.
The book reads like a thriller or spy novel more than a plain history. He populates the pages with many of the real prisoners and the German staff, giving them personalities and lives. Through this, the reader empathizes with many of the men and is drawn into the prisoner’s escape attempts and those among the group who secretly turn on them.
This really is the story of life-and-death and cat-and-mouse between the Germans and the prisoners, and plunges the reader into this world with fascinating detail.