At the age of 24, Ernest Gordon was captured by the Japanese while escaping from Sumatra during the Second World War. Along with other British prisoners he was marched into the jungle to build the notorious "Railroad of Death" and the bridge over the river Kwai. Gordon describes vividly the appalling conditions of the prisoners' camp and the inhumane treatment they received from the guards. The miracle is that in these horrific circumstances seeds of faith among the men sow forgiveness, unselfishness and love. This is the gripping story of triumph and heroism which has inspired countless readers since its first British publication in 1963. It is the true story behind the Academy Award winning film "The Bridge over the River Kwai" starring the late Alec Guinness.
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