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Great Escapes The Stories Behind 50 Remarkable Journeys to Freedom

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ISBN-10: 1554075068

ISBN-13: 9781554075065

Edition: 2009

Authors: Scott Christianson

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 9/25/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.684

Scott Christiansonis a writer, investigative reporter, and historian. He is the author of several acclaimed books, includingWith Liberty for Some: 500 Years of Imprisonment in America, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Distinguished Honors and a Choice Outstanding Book Award. His bookCondemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death Housewas the subject of feature stories in theVillage Voice, the New York Times, The Nation,and on the History Channel.

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