100 Years of Crimes, Bombs and Inside Access to the Leaders of the World.

[Cover]The 100-Year Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is a clever novel indeed. It starts with a bang. When Allan Karlsson decides that he does not want to celebrate his 100th birthday in the nursing home which he detests, he manages, with his old achy legs, to escape out the window, bedroom slippers and all, find his way to a bus station, unwittingly nab a suitcase full of millions of dollars that he had been asked to guard, and board a bus to a remote village in Sweden where he rather innocently happens to form an alliance with a gang of criminals. Money such as this will win friends and take you anywhere you want to go.

On the down side he is nationally reported as a missing person and both the police and the criminal who asked him to watch the suitcase are beyond livid and out to find him as well.

The story then flips back and forth between the chase to find him and then back to his history as a rather bumbling man who became a talented munitions expert and then bumbled his way into the highest places of security and hobnobbed so many heads of state along the way. Once the story starts rolling it is hilarious. There are murders and explosions and spying and counter spying, all quite just sort of needing to happen along the way. There are baffled detectives who think they find something and then have to renounce their stories to the press who hound them. There is romance and an elephant whose owner will not travel without her as the group finds it necessary to escape from one continent to another. And there are bribes, luxury resorts, and plenty of vodka and parasol drinks in exotic places; because there is always lots and lots of money and everyone from criminals to government officials in high places who know how to get things done.

So travel with Allan and meet decades of world leaders: Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Stalin, Chairman Mao and his third wife, Kim Il Sung, Chiang Kai-shek, De Gaulle and so many others; and see Jonasson's wry observations on how the big world decisions might have really happened. History was never so fun.

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