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Author Fox, Margalit, author.

Title The confidence men : how two prisoners of war engineered the most remarkable escape in history / Margalit Fox.

Publication Info. New York : Random House, [2021]

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 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  940.4 FOX    Check Shelf
 Bloomfield, McMahon Wintonbury Library - Adult Department  940.4 FOX    Check Shelf
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  940.4 FOX    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - New Materials  940.4725 FOX    Check Shelf
 Burlington Public Library - New Books  940.4725 FOX    Check Shelf
 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  940.4 FOX    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  940.4725 FOX    Check Shelf
 Cromwell-Belden Public Library - Adult Department  940.4725 FOX    Check Shelf
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 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  940.4 FOX    Check Shelf

Edition First edition.
Description xvi, 329 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [241]-312) and index.
Contents Prologue: A wraith at the top of the stairs -- For king and country -- Besieged -- Destination unknown -- A hundred springs -- Spooked -- The uses of enchantment -- The regard of flight -- In confidence -- Villainous OOO -- The treasure test -- The telechronistic ray -- Certifiable -- Two lunatics, five hundred pounds of butter, and a great deal of flour -- The mad ward -- Near death -- Persuasion -- Epilogue: Afterlife.
Summary "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 séances for his fellow prisoners. Word gets around camp, and one day, a Turkish officer 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 the Turkish officers that will ultimately lead them to freedom. The Confidence Men is the story of the only known con game 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 from an Australian sheep farm, 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. Margalit Fox brings her "nose for interesting facts, the ability to construct a taut narrative arc, and a Dickens-level gift for concisely conveying personality" (Kathryn Schulz, New York) to this gripping tale of psychological strategy that is rife with cunning, danger, and moments of high farce that rival anything in Catch-22"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Jones, E. H. (Elias Henry), 1883-1942.
Hill, C. W. (Cedric Waters), 1891-1975.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and prisons, Turkish.
Escaped prisoners of war -- Turkey -- Biography.
Escaped prisoners of war -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Prisoner-of-war escapes -- Turkey -- History -- 20th century.
Prisoner-of-war camps -- Turkey -- Yozgat (Yozgat İli)
Swindlers and swindling.
Male friendship.
HISTORY / Middle East / Turkey & Ottoman Empire.
HISTORY / Military / World War I.
HISTORY / World.
TRUE CRIME / Con Artists, Hoaxes & Deceptions.
Hill, C. W. (Cedric Waters), 1891-1975. (OCoLC)fst01949631
Jones, E. H. (Elias Henry), 1883-1942. (OCoLC)fst01951338
Escaped prisoners of war. (OCoLC)fst01199998
Male friendship. (OCoLC)fst01006633
Prisoner-of-war camps. (OCoLC)fst01746580
Prisoner-of-war escapes. (OCoLC)fst01077102
Swindlers and swindling. (OCoLC)fst01140414
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Turkey. (OCoLC)fst01208963
Turkey -- Yozgat (Yozgat İli) (OCoLC)fst01314293
World War (1914-1918) (OCoLC)fst01180746
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Biographies.
Other Form: Online version: Fox, Margalit. Confidence men First edition. New York : Random House, [2021] 9781984853868 (DLC) 2020044277
ISBN 9781984853844 (hardcover)
1984853848 (hardcover)
9781984853868 (electronic book)
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