Long Walk: The True Story Of A Trek To Freedom Paperback – Apr 1 2006
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Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag along with other captive Poles, Finns, Ukranians, Czechs, Greeks, and even a few English, French, and American unfortunates who had been caught up in the fighting. A year later, he and six comrades from various countries escaped from a labor camp in Yakutsk and made their way, on foot, thousands of miles south to British India, where Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army and fought against the Germans. The Long Walk recounts that adventure, which is surely one of the most curious treks in history. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"The Long Walk is a book that I absolutely could not put down and one that I will never forget..."--Stephen Ambrose
"A poet with steel in his soul."--New York Times
"One of the most amazing, heroic stories of this or any other time."--Chicago Tribune
"A book filled with the spirit of human dignity and the courage of men seeking freedom."
―Los Angeles Times
"Heroism is not the domain of the powerful; it is the domain of people whose only other alternative is to give up and die…. [The Long Walk] must be read―and reread, and passed along to friends."―National Geographic Adventure
"The ultimate human endurance story…told with clarity, vivid description, and a good dash of romance and humor."―The Vancouver Sun
"Essentially it comes down to some sort of inner tenacity and that is what is so gripping about the book because you know that this is actually about all of us. It's not just some Polish bloke who wanted to get home. It's about how we all struggle on every day. Somehow or other we find a reason to keep on going and it's the same here but on an epic scale".--Benedict Allen, explorer and bestselling author of Into the Abyss and Edge of Blue Heaven
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He also claims to have gone 8 and then 12 days with no water in the Gobi desert in the heat of summer while walking miles and miles each day. This also is impossible as survival without water in these conditions is limited to a very few days at best.
It's also full of all kinds of "little" howlers like the idea that when they got to the Gobi desert between the eight of them they only pot or pan they had was a single mug they'd taken from the prison camp. They hadn't even managed to scavenge a tin can. Right.
I love the American, "Mr. Smith", who doesn't reveal his first name throughout the entire epic. Maybe he was really Agent K. Or was it J.
In the end, it's ever so convienient that he loses track of all of his fellow survivors so "coincidentally" there is no one to corroborate this absurd story.
I've really only scratched the surface.
If you want some incredible survival stories you can believe try "Endurance" - an account of the Shackleton Expedition, Touching The Void by Joe Simpson, or Adrift by Steven Callahan.
Slavomir Rawicz also claims to have seen Bigfoot. He describes an encounter with two 8 foot tall creatures somewhere between Bhutan and Sikkim. According to Slavomir, he and his companions watched the outsized beasts for over 2 hours, from a distance of 100 yards.
I just resently finished Ghost Soldiers: Hamptton Sides. Now there's a true story about a forced march to two prison camps and a rescue/escape. I've always known about Bataan's POW death march and 3.5 years imprisonment but this was mt first book.
For the beginning the small archive note- Slavomir Rawitz, though he was a prisoner of war, was pardoned and freed in 1942. He joined the Polish devision of a Red Army. He was never in the camp, he was never in Siberia.
Now, why the story is fake? I know Siberia, I know reality, I know desert climate.
1). He says in the book that they were transported in sheep trucks from Moscow to Siberia, where they were put so tight, they were standing without even moving their hands. The journey was for over three weeks. It is physically impossible for a human being to stand for three weeks, their legs would be puffed to death threat. And then he describes how they walked to the camp in Siberian winter after this journey, hardly dressed. Impossible.
2). In the camp (oh, by the way camp 303 never existed in Siberia. Archive note- camp 303 was somewhere not far from Moscow), the author worked making skis. In one day they produced a pair of ready to use skis. Lie. Do you know how much time it is needed for timber to be ready for skis?
3). NO wife of a camp authority would help a prisoner to escape. Only those who DO NOT know the soviet reality can believe in this nonsense.
4) He describes how they made a hole in the ice of The Lena river (in April!) with a piece of log. Ice in Lena river in April is 6 feet deep! Dahhhh!
5). He describes how he fell under the water when ice broke. He got out, squeezed water off the heavy winter clothes, put wet winter clothes back and continued running.Read more ›
Doing some research, I found out that the whole story was fabricated. I can live with some fabrication, but not when the entire book is nothing but a farce. The fact that even after the book was proven to be untrue that it still claims the story is a "true" event bothers me.
It's also odd that Rawicz has refused to authenticate any of his claims and declined to produce records, photographs, witnesses, or the full identity or whereabouts of the other survivors.
I think the bit on the cover, which claims that this is a "true story", may need revising.
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I ordered this for my husband. He said it's a really great book. Couldn't put it down.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
fiction or not...this is a quite a memorable story... fascinating journeyPublished 5 months ago by may777
a very good read for bringing me knowledge about the war. It certainly made me think about how many other stories are out there . Ones we
will never know, but Bless them all.
A friend loaned me this book three years ago. At the time, I was reading Unbroken, Flyboys, Bold Spirit, Endurance, and We Die Alone. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chris Gregory
Great story, wayyyy better than the movie that was produced after it, unbelievable yet I think it is true - people can accomplish incredible things under impossible situations.Published 15 months ago by Anthony
This book is a great read. I loved it and nearly read it all in one night. It's well written and kept me glued to my seat.Published on Nov. 7 2013 by Laura D
This book describes the unlikely escape and incredible walk of thousands of kilometers from Siberia in winter across deserts and mountains to freedom. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2013 by T. Schopflocher
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