Midnight Express by Billy HayesMidnight Express tells the gut-wrenching true story of a young mans incarceration and escape from a Turkish prison. A classic story of survival and human endurance, told with humor, honesty, and heart, it became a worldwide best-seller and the Academy Award-winning blockbuster film of the same name. In 1970 Billy Hayes was an English major who left college in search of adventures to write about, like his hero Jack London. He had a rude awakening when he was arrested at the airport in Istanbul trying to board a plane while carrying four pounds of hashish, and given a life sentence. After five brutal years, relentless efforts by his family to gain his release, and endless escape plotting, Hayes finally took matters into his own hands. On a dark night, in a wailing storm he began a desperate and daring escape to freedom... This is the astounding journey, told in Billy Hayess own words, of those five years of living hell and of the harrowing ordeal of his time on the run.
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Oh my, it portrayed the fact that life in a Third World prison was brutal, disgusting, and degrading? It showed that the government of Turkey then, as now is not really a democracy, with a fair judicial system? Hell, OUR nation lacks a truly fair judicial system; again, this is controversial? Not to those of us on Planet Earth. His girlfriend, Susan Irene Miracle , makes it on the plane, but he does not. After he is met by an American Bo Hopkins who may or may not work for the American consulate, he stupidly tries to escape, after pretending to help them bust the drug dealer, and is captured by the Turkish police.
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