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We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance [Paperback]

By David Armine Howarth & Stephen E. Ambrose (Introduction by)
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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   The Lyons Press
ISBN  1599210630  
EAN  9781599210636  
UPC  660813016959  


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Jan Baalsrud's escape from Nazi-occupied arctic Norway is one of the most exciting escape narratives to emerge from the challenges and miseries of World War II chronicles . In March 1943, a team of expatriate Norwegian commandos sailed from northern England for Nazi-occupied arctic Norway to organize and supply the Norwegian resistance. But they were betrayed and the Nazis ambushed them. Only one man survived - Jan Baalsrud. This is the incredible and gripping story of his escape. Frostbitten and snowblind, pursued by the Nazis, he dragged himself on until he reached a small arctic village. He was near death, delirious, and a virtual cripple. But the villagers, at mortal risk to themselves, were determined to save him, and - through impossible feats - they did. We Die Alone is an astonishing true story of heroism and endurance. Like Salvomir Rawicz's, The Long Walk, it is also an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit.

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We Die Alone recounts one of the most exciting escape stories to emerge from the challenges and miseries of World War II. In March 1943, a team of expatriate Norwegian commandos sailed from northern England for Nazi-occupied arctic Norway to organize and supply the Norwegian resistance. But they were betrayed and the Nazis ambushed them. Only one man survived--Jan Baalsrud. This is the incredible and gripping story of his escape.
Frostbitten and snowblind, pursued by the Nazis, he dragged himself on until he reached a small arctic village. He was near death, delirious, and a virtual cripple. But the villagers, at mortal risk to themselves, were determined to save him, and--through impossible feats--they did.
We Die Alone is an astonishing true story of heroism and endurance. Like Slavomir Rawicz's "The Long Walk," it is also an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit.


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An usual mix...  Oct 7, 2008
There are so many 5-star reviews that I thought I'd add a little detail so potential readers can know more about this before diving in like I did.
The story starts out as a plan for espionage againsts Nazis. This part is brief. The main guy, Jan, ends up almost dead and staggering into a home with extreme frostbite. The interesting parts of this story are the familes that helped him, risking death to themselves. So the parts of the book where the author could interview people that helped Jan are interesting from a human drama, sacrifice, courage standpoint. However, Jan was out of it for most of the story, so the potentially interesting time when he was alone, burried under snow towards the end of the book - we know almost nothing about. Jan doesn't know, and nobody was there. So we don't get a survival tale like Into Thin Air, other than learning about him cutting his toes off. Then near the end of the book, they are taking him with reindeer toward Sweden. They get shot at, and start running toward a big lake (forget the name), but the ice has started to thin because they took longer than planned (it is now Spring, versus Winter) to get there. Then the book ends, except an eplogue about once they got across the border it was some distance until they got him to a hospital. This would have been an exciting part of the story if told. Why tell details of him cutting his toes off and contemplating suicide, only to leave out an exciting chase. So this is not an exciting escape/outwit Nazi WWII story. This is not detailed man against nature because when he is alone, he is so near death he does not remember what happened so that is not told here. It is tidbits told about the people who helped this guy. So 3 stars of interest about their bravery, but this wasn't very exciting (chase scenes, Nazi's close behind), nor was he surviving based on extreme wit, luck (well, sometimes), or training. Enjoyable, but easy to put down. I feel let down by how things transpired - seems the author took too much time on some areas, and skimped on more interesting/exciting areas. At least this one is not fabricated like "The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
by Slavomir Rawicz". So exciting and fake (The Long Walk) or true but only moderately interesting (We Die Alone). What a choice!
 
we die alone   Aug 22, 2008
i have read the book but was not happy just because is almost the same as the book ( AS FAR AS MY FEET CAN CARRY ME).
some pages were exactly the same , word by word.
it look like it was a copy of the other book( as far as my feet can carry me)
i was very sorry that i bought the book and lost interest very fast.


 
An amazing story.  Jul 13, 2008
I first read this book when I was about eleven, over thirty years later I bought it again, and the story was just as amazing to me as an adult as it was when I was a child. Jan's story has to be read to believed.
 
A beautiful lesson in heroism  Jul 10, 2008
The will of a Norwegian resistance during World War II, who injured will fight to survive in extreme conditions. What lesson of heroism! The victory at the end of suffering is a lesson of humanity. Great book.
 
Phenomenal, Unforgettable Book  Jun 16, 2008
My husband and I both read this book after seeing a History Channel documentary of this man's story. It is hard to believe that the book is a true story, though, of course, it is. This book is not only the tale of an incredibly brave man who would defied death again and again, but it is also, and of equal interest, a testament to the people of Norway and their courage during the Second World War. I am buying this book for everyone on my Christmas list this upcoming year.
 

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