I am always fascinated with escape literature and this is a must-read. The persistence and fortitude shown by these men is amazing. The ablilty to forge papers, build tools and machines, all while in prison is compelling - and that is just getting ready to escape. The tunnelling is astonishing and terrifying to contemplate. Laying in such a tiny hole with barely any air and scraping away until sick to your stomach, these men were made of stern stuff. Fantastic story.