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The Colonel Of Tamarkan: Philip Toosey And The Bridge On The River Kwai

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Alec Guinness won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the dogmatic, but brittle commanding officer in David Lean's film "The Bridge on the River Kwai". While a brilliant performance, it owed more to fiction than fact, as the man who actually commanded the POWs ordered to build the infamous bridges - there were in fact two: one wooden, one concrete - was cut from very d ...more
Published May 1st 2006 by Pocket, (first published January 1st 2005)
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Aug 28, 2015 Garvan rated it it was amazing
Bought this book in a charity shop. A great read.
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Dec 10, 2013 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing
The rivetting tale of a real hero - underscores how human resilience and character can assert itself in the most daunting circumstances. Also glad to make the introduction of another unforgettable individual - the officer of the Gordon Highlanders who is the colonel in the McAuslan stories -- a fact not brought out by the author. The book also scores well in revealing how the story of The Bridge on the River Kwai is a distorted version of what really happened.....
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Jan 19, 2014 Huw Collingbourne rated it liked it
Very well researched but too much of the research intrudes into the narrative. An interesting, if rather dry account of the real Colonel at the "bridge on the river Kwai".
Alastair Lack
Aug 13, 2013 Alastair Lack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A superbly written account of the real story leading to the Bridge on the Kwai.
Immensely readable. I look forward to others by the same author.
Jul 27, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
The story of Burma's real PoW colonel - Philip Toosey. Anton Lesser reads his granddaughter Julie Summers' biography.

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Nov 13, 2012 Nellie Williams rated it it was amazing
I have goosebumps just looking at the cover, a fantastic book, a wonderful tribute and a must have for any shelf.
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Jul 13, 2013 Nicola Eves rated it it was amazing
Well written, full of personal andedotes but still explains the big picture. A fantastic book.
Sep 13, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
A great book about a remarkable man.
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it
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I was born near Liverpool and grew up first on the Wirral and then in Cheshire. Although the greater part of my childhood was spent outside pursuing any number of outdoor activities, I have always wanted to be a writer.

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