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This is the true story behind the film, The Bridge on the River Kwai. It tells of the march into the jungle to build the bridge. It is a story of the triumph of faith over despair.

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Genre: World War, 1939-1945
Author: Ernest Gordon
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Release: 1995-04
File: 232 Pages
ISBN-13: 0006278906

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Author: Ernest GORDON
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Release: 1968
File: 254 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:559402920

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Genre: Burma-Siam Railroad
Author: Ernest Gordon
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Release: 1963
File: 189 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:225201675

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Now A Major Motion Picture Starring Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland ‘Waking from a dream, I suddenly realized where I was: in the Death House–in a prison camp by the River Kwai. I was a prisoner of war, lying among the dead, waiting for the bodies to be carried away so that I might have more room.’ When Ernest Gordon was twenty-four he was captured by the Japanese and forced, with other British prisoners, to build the notorious ‘Railroad of Death’, where nearly 16,000 Prisoners of War gave their life. Faced with the appalling conditions of the prisoners’ camp and the brutality of the captors, he survived to become an inspiring example of the triumph of the human spirit against all odds. To End All Wars is Ernest Gordon’s gripping true story behind both the Academy Award-winning film The Bridge on the River Kwai starring Alec Guinness and the new film To End All Wars directed by David Cunningham.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Ernest Gordon
Publisher: Zondervan
Release: 2013-11-25
File: 248 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780310340645

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The first-ever complete biography of Hollywood legend Sam Spiegel reveals the inner world of the man who produced The African Queen, On the Waterfront, Lawrence of Arabia, and other great American films. 50,000 first printing.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2003
File: 465 Pages
ISBN-13: 068483619X

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Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders, captured by the Japanese in Singapore. Forced into manual labor as a POW, he survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious “Death Railway” and building the Bridge on the River Kwai. Subsequently, he moved to work on a Japanese “hellship,” his ship was torpedoed, and nearly everyone on board the ship died. Not Urquhart. After five days adrift on a raft in the South China Sea, he was rescued by a Japanese whaling ship. His luck would only get worse as he was taken to Japan and forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later, he was just ten miles from ground zero when an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. In late August 1945, he was freed by the American Navy—a living skeleton—and had his first wash in three and a half years. This is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, who survived not just one, but three encounters with death, any of which should have probably killed him. Silent for over fifty years, this is Urquhart’s inspirational tale in his own words. It is as moving as any memoir and as exciting as any great war movie.

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Genre: History
Author: Alistair Urquhart
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2010-10-01
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781628731507

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Profiling individual, legendary authors, best-selling author Jerry Hopkins combines his research and his own experiences as a longtime expatriate with an intimate knowledge of Asia and offers us a unique perspective on the impact of Eastern culture in Western literature. From the time of Marco Polo's trek across the Central Asian desert to the empire of the mighty Kahn, no other place on earth, not the languid South Pacific or even deepest, darkest Africa has so challenged and enchanted the Western imagination as have the fabled lands of the East! However soaked in blood its history and no matter how unsettling its social conditions and poverty, Asia has never lost its irresistible attraction or mystic. It has long been an inspiration for Western novelists, so much so that more than 5000 novels have been set in Asia in the English language alone. Storied names like Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Pearl S. Buck, George Orwell, Graham Greene, E.M. Forster and many more have used their experiences in Asia as a vibrant backdrop for some of the world's most famous works of literature.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Jerry Hopkins
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Release: 2013-03-26
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781462911875

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This book presents one of the most vivid descriptions of day-to-day life in a Japanese POW labour camp to have appeared so far. The story follows the experiences of the Norfolk Territorial Regiment from 1942 to 1945, under the command of Lt. Col. Knights, during and after the fall of Singapore. Many will recollect having seen the film, The Bridge on The River Kwai. It tended to fictionalise certain matters of fact. This book, drawn directly from a memoir only recently uncovered, reveals that the Japanese designed railway was successfully completed with the forced labour of Allied troops in conjunction with Chinese and Malay captives. The Royal Norfolks were allocated a section of the line which required excavating deep cuttings in the rock hills parallel with the river. They had their 'own' camp with a Japanese officer in charge. He constantly pressed for quicker progress, and for work to be done by all the prisoners, including those in the camp hospital and their officers, contrary to international law.The Regiment's experiences are reported by Lt. Col. Knights in his book. He gives details of his own and others' sufferings, both those inflicted by their captors and those occurring from tropical diseases and insects, all being worsened by a lack of medicines and food. Some of the local Thais, at great risk to themselves, provided a little of both of those commodities. After the railway was completed, the survivors were marched back into Thailand. There they were required to dig a deep ditch round their camp. It was suspected that this would be their grave when they were shot, if the Japanese decided that they had lost the war. Fortunately the two atomic bombs resulted in the Japanese Emperor himself announcing their surrender, forestalling that action. The final chapters of the book are filled with excitement and tension in the efforts of the British officers to hoodwink their captors.

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Genre: History
Author: Alfred Knights
Publisher: Arena books
Release: 2013-01-14
File: 247 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781909421127

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Drawing from their interviews with the few survivors, the Blairs tell of the Allied prisoners of war who were aboard two Japanese ships sunk by American submarines.

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Genre: Prisoners of war
Author: Joan Blair
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: 1979
File: 338 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015011360164

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A Thousand Cups of Rice by Kyle Thompson, is an intimate account of what happened to this American teenager when he and his battalion of field artillery men were captured early in the war, and spent three and one half years under the heel of Imperial Japanese Army. This small group of mostly Texas National Guardsmen along with hundreds of thousands of Allied POWs and Asian coolie laborers were forced to undergo inhuman mental and physical stress while constructing the 265-mile "Death Railway" through the jungles of Burma and Thailand, and before it was completed in late 1943, more than 100,000 of them had been killed or died of horrible diseases. The heartless Asian monsoon contributed to these deaths, but mostly they were caused by long hours of hard labor, an extreme shortage of food, and little or no medical treatment for the numerous jungle diseases that struck these laborers.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Kyle Thompson
Publisher:
Release: 1994
File: 182 Pages
ISBN-13: WISC:89062200696

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