The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History (Hardback)Margalit Fox (author)
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Secret codes, buried clues and Ouija boards take centre stage in this fascinating true story of young British officers who engineered their escape from a Turkish POW camp during the First World War.
Imprisoned in a remote Turkish POW camp during the First World War, two British officers, Harry Jones and Cedric Hill, cunningly join forces.
To stave off boredom, Jones makes a handmade Ouija board and holds fake seances for fellow prisoners. One day, an Ottoman official approaches him with a query: could Jones contact the spirits to find a vast treasure rumoured to be buried nearby?
Jones, a lawyer, and Hill, a magician, use the Ouija board - and their keen understanding of the psychology of deception-to build a trap for their captors that will lead them to freedom.
The Confidence Men is a nonfiction thriller featuring strategy, mortal danger and even high farce - and chronicles a profound but unlikely friendship.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 33 mm
'Fox, a former senior obituary writer for The New York Times and the author of three previous books, unspools Jones and Hill's delightfully elaborate scheme in nail-biting episodes that advance like a narrative Rube Goldberg machine, gradually leading from Yozgad to freedom by way of secret codes, a hidden camera, buried clues, fake suicides and a lot of ingenious mumbo jumbo. At moments, The Confidence Men has the high gloss of a story polished through years of telling and retelling.' - The New York Times
'The Confidence Men couldn't have come along at a better time.This story of two unlikely con artists - young British officers who use a Ouija board to escape from a Turkish prisoner-of-war camp - is a true delight, guaranteed to lift the spirits of anyone eager to forget today's realities and lose oneself in a beautifully written tale of an exciting and deeply moving real-life caper.' - Lynne Olson, author of Madame Fourcade's Secret War
'Margalit Fox is one of the premier narrative storytellers we have today, and The Confidence Men is a wonderfully entertaining brew of history, thrills, and ingenuity, one that highlights the rare occasion when con artistry is employed for the greater public good.' - Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita and editor of Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit & Obsession
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'This is a first-class book: pacy, insightful and lucid' - James McConnachie, The Sunday Times
'lucid and engaging' - Allan Massie, Scotsman
'[Fox] has researched her fascinating, fast-paced story with impressive acuity, sketching an informative portrait of the Edwardian mindset.' - Mail on Sunday
'An engrossing book' - Nick Rennison, Daily Mail
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