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The Bridge Over the River Kwai (Paperback)
1942: Boldly advancing through Asia, the Japanese need a train route from Burma going north. In a prison camp, British POWs are forced into labor. The bridge they build will become a symbol of service and survival to one prisoner, Colonel Nicholson, a proud perfectionist. Pitted against the warden, Colonel Saito, Nicholson will nevertheless, out of a distorted sense of duty, aid his enemy. While on the outside, as the Allies race to destroy the bridge, Nicholson must decide which will be the first casualty: his patriotism or his pride.
“[A] lightning-fast adventure and suspense story.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
“An amazing story . . . jumpy with suspense.”
–The New Yorker
“A fine story of adventure in which a highly original conception makes a psychologically rich situation out of what could have easily been a simple tale of daring.”
“An exciting story of action.”
–The Atlantic Monthly
“Intelligent and thrilling.”
–New York Post
“A memorable novel brilliantly conceived and brilliantly written.”
“Superb . . . suspenseful.”