Confidence Men, The: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History

Margalit Fox

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd

Published: 03-06-2021

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Description

Imprisoned in a remote Turkish prison camp during World War I, having survived a two-month forced march and a terrifying shootout in the desert, two British officers, Harry Jones and Cedric Hill, join forces to bamboozle their iron-fisted captors. To stave off despair and boredom, Jones takes a handmade Ouija board and fakes elaborate seances for his fellow prisoners. Word gets around camp, and one day an Ottoman official approaches Jones with a query: Could Jones contact the spirit world to find a vast treasure rumored to be buried nearby? Jones, a trained lawyer, and Hill, a brilliant magician, use the Ouija board-and their keen understanding of the psychology of deception-to build a trap for their captors that will ultimately lead them to freedom. A gripping nonfiction thriller, The Confidence Men is the story of one of the only known con games played for a good cause-and of a profound but unlikely friendship. Had it not been for “the Great War,” Jones, the Oxford-educated son of a British lord, and Hill, a mechanic on an Australian sheep ranch, would never have met. But in pain, loneliness, hunger, and isolation, they formed a powerful emotional and intellectual alliance that saved both of their lives. A tale of psychological strategy that is rife with cunning, danger, and moments of high farce that rival anything in Catch-22.

Additional information

Dimensions 135 × 216 mm
Page Count 344