The Long Walk : The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
by Slavomir Rawicz
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Slawomir Rawicz was a young Polish cavalry officerOn 19 November 1939, he was arrested by the Russians and after brutal interrogation, he was sentenced to 25 years in the Gulags.After three months of traveling to Siberia in the depths of winter, he escaped with six companions, knowing that staying in the camp meant almost certain death.In June 1941, they crossed the Trans-Siberian railway and headed southward, climbing, Tibet and freedom from nine months later, in March 1942, after a walk through some of the world’s most extreme regions, including the Gobi Desert.Originally published in 1956, it is one of the world’s greatest true stories of adventure, survival and escape, was the inspiration for the film The Way Home, directed by Peter Weir and starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris.
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