For as long as war exists, there will always be prisoners. From ancient times to the middle ages, the fates of these prisoners of war would often always result in death. A few may experience slavery, which some refer to as a fate worse than death. The modern era, though less harsh, would still be unbearable. It is, after all, human nature to seek for and long for freedom. Even then, life outside could be very different once these prisoners of war are freed and repatriated. The world stops for no one, not even those captured by senseless war. As such life of the prisoners of war, like the POW’s life on Bernie McAuley book, The Shadows of Sawtooth Ridge is unenviable and unimaginable without the different historical accounts and media about them.