The Confidence Men

This is a hugely entertaining and well told account of an extraordinary escape (of sorts) from a prisoner of war camp during WW1. It dips into the world of seance, spiritualism and magic, as well as being a detailed and evocative description of the reality on the ground during the Ottoman campaign. In a way, it also highlights the fragility of humankind’s grasp on reality and rationalism and how its collective mind can so easily be manipulated for the gain of others; something that is as relevant now as it ever was. 

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