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The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom (original 1956; edition 2007)

by Slavomir Rawicz, Ronald Downing (Ghostwriter)

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Title:The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
Authors:Slavomir Rawicz (Author)
Other authors:Ronald Downing (Ghostwriter)
Info:London : Robinson, 2007
Collections:Memoirs, Nonfiction
Tags:incarceration, gulag, survival, soviet union, fugitives

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The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz (1956)


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There is quite a bit of information on Amazon, Wikipedia and other reliable sources that this escape never happened. There is nothing I dislike more than a "fake memoir". The ghost writing reporter who authored this book should be ashamed of himself. ( )
  LadyLo | Jan 19, 2015 |
A remarkable story of endurance and determination. In 1939 a young Polish soldier was imprisoned and transported to a slave labour camp in remote Siberia, along with thousands of others on trumped up charges. Some unexpected assistance enable a small group of men to escape and thus began their epic trek to freedom. ( )
  TheWasp | Aug 17, 2014 |
Romanian version
  athaulf | Apr 13, 2014 |
So, a lot of people say that this is fiction, and I can't say I blame them too much; the bit about the yeti is somewhat difficult to swallow. However, if it isn't true, why would he make it up? Book royalties? I doubt it. Anyway, fiction or not, it's an incredible story of human perseverance and fortitude in the most horrible of conditions. Strongly recommend it. ( )
  bradgers | Feb 6, 2014 |
This book has been disproved as a hoax. I have withdrawn my review as a result. ( )
  labfs39 | Dec 26, 2013 |
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It was about nine o'clock one bleak November day that the key rattled in the heavy lock of my cell in the Lubyanka Prison and the two broad-shouldered guards marched purposefully in.
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In 1941, the author and six fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yukutsk-a camp where surviving hunger, cold, untended wounds, and untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their trek over thousands of miles by foot-out of Siberia and through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India-was a remarkable journey through some of the most inhospitable conditons on the face of the earth. (978-1-59921-975-2)
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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.

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Describes the four-thousand-mile journey across the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas of seven men who escaped from a Siberian prison camp.

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