Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,
by Laura Hillenbrand is an inspiring story about the life of Louie Zamperini, a former Olympic distance runner and bombardier whose B-24 was shot down in during World War II. In 1943, Zamperini and two others survived the crash and were adrift on a raft in the South Pacific for over 40 day. He was rescued by the Japanese and later detained as a POW for the duration of the war. He survived only to return to the United States, a troubled man trying to adjust to his former life.
I like how Miriam R. Kramer from the Old Town Crier: From the Bay to the Blue Ridge sums the book up in her blog post, The Last Word. "From a broader point of view, Unbroken is about America in World War II and our national character as represented by Zamperini and the close friends he made throughout the armed forces. Through Zamperini’s long and difficult trials, Hillenbrand also describes the cruelty and randomness of war, which brings out the best and the worst in human nature. A great story teller who builds suspense out of closely compiled and focused research, she delivers a knock-out book that is compulsive reading. It will inspire you and leave you thinking."
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