This is an interesting story. For me, some parts lack credibility. One is to cross the Gobi without any container of water. The sighting of a pair of abominable snowpersons is also over the edge for me. Still, I enjoyed listening. I'd like to know how others feel as to the fact/fiction issue.
There appears to be a lot of skepticism about the facts in this book. If the story was invented or imbellished, as I suspect, then the author could have made it more exciting. As far as true life adventures, where individuals must overcome overwhelming odds against survival, other books such as Caroline Alexander's "The Endurance"; Nathaniel Philbrick's "In the Heart of the Sea"; Jon Krakauer's "Into This Air"; Richard Zack's "The Pirate Coast"; or even Nando Parrado's "Miracle in the Andes" are more stirring (and truer) tales.
Walking across continents, including Siberia and the Gobi Desert. Unbelieveable. This is a great story, and gives good insight into the human spirit.
Slavomir Rawicz lived in England for many years after the war. He married an Englishwoman and lived in the countryside until his death in 2004.