Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 255 pages
First Published: 1964
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A thousand British and American POWs learn to hate the American colonel who singlehandedly shapes them up. His strict discipline brings order to the camp; it also earns him a derisive “von.” When Italy surrenders, German guards herd the men into boxcars for shipment to the Reich. Ryan has other ideas. He reckons to take the train to Switzerland…and freedom.
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About David Westheimer
David Westheimer was a novelist best known for his novel Von Ryan’s Express, which was based in part upon his experiences as a prisoner of war in Italy and Germany during World War II. He was also the author of the novelization of Days of Wine and Roses. Westheimer died in 2005 at the age of 78.