Authors: Paul Simpson
is the author and co-author of over a dozen non-fiction books including the recently released
A Brief History of the Spy.
He has edited and contributed to numerous international entertainment magazines and currently oversees the news and reviews website
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First published in the UK by Robinson,
an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd., 2013
Copyright © Paul Simpson, 2013
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UK ISBN: 978-1-47210-023-8 (paperback)
UK ISBN: 978-1-47210-024-5 (ebook)
First published in the United States in 2013 by Running Press Book Publishers,
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US ISBN: 978-0-7624-4940-8
US Library of Congress Control Number: 2012944636
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“The best-run prison in the world is going to have an occasional escape. We’ve had escapes and will have them again. I am sure, as long as there are prisoners. To ask that a prison have no escapes is like expecting a police department to prevent robberies altogether.”
Fred T. Wilkinson, assistant Federal Director of Prisons, 13
June 1962, after the Great Escape from Alcatraz,
quoted in the
San Francisco Chronicle.
For Sophie, who is developing a keen interest in history, particularly the Horrible parts!