Human Game by Simon Read
The True Story of the 'Great Escape' Murders and the Hunt for the Gestapo Gunmen

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In March and April of 1944, Gestapo gunmen killed fifty POWs—a brutal act in defiance of international law and the Geneva Conventions. This is the true story of the men who hunted them down.

The mass breakout of seventy-six Allied airmen from the infamous Stalag Luft III became one of the greatest tales of World War II, immortalized in the film The Great Escape. But where Hollywood’s depiction fades to black, another incredible story begins . . .

Not long after the escape, fifty of the recaptured airmen were taken to killing fields throughout Germany and shot on the direct orders of Hitler. When the nature of these killings came to light, Churchill’s government swore to pursue justice at any cost. A revolving team of military police, led by squadron leader Francis P. McKenna, was dispatched to pick up a trail long gone cold.

Amid the chaos of postwar Germany, divided between American, British, French, and Russian occupiers, McKenna led a three-year manhunt that brought twenty-one Gestapo killers to justice. In Human Game, Simon Read delivers a clear-eyed and meticulously researched account of this often overlooked saga of hard-won justice.


About Simon Read

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Simon Read, a former award-winning newspaper reporter, has published four works of nonfiction; written articles for the San Francisco Chronicle Review of Books and Publishers Weekly; been featured on Court TV's “The Investigators;” and has been interviewed on radio shows in major U.S. markets.
Published October 2, 2012 by Berkley. 347 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The truth about the murders of 50 airmen who escaped from a top-security World War II prison camp and how the Third Reich's killers were brought to justice.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a marvellously detailed character-based shooter that combines classic concepts and modern technological wrinkles.

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