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.
Now A Major Motion Picture Starring Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland Waking from a dream, I suddenly realized where I was: in the Death Housein 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 Gordons 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.