One of the best books I have ever read. The horrors of Stalinist Russia that these men endured is just one part of the story. The even greater story is the courage of their escape over thousands of miles of unfriendly terrain, first frozen tundra and later the opposite--a desert where they had no food, no water and were constantly on the brink of death. Amazing that any of them made it from Siberia to India and lived to tell about it. It makes me cherish my freedom as a citizen of the USA!