Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Hardcover)
|Author: Laura Hillenbrand|
|In her long-awaited new book, Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in "Seabiscuit." Telling an unforgettable story of a young lieutenant''s journey into extremity, "Unbroken" is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.|
There are many so-called ordinary people whose lives merit the telling to a wide audience, and Louis Zamperini is certainly one of them. Hillenbrand, author of SEABISCUIT, has once again selected an unlikely but immensely appealing champion around whom to center her tale. UNBROKEN is the story of a wild youth, outstanding athlete, and WWII bombardier who became a Japanese POW after surviving an almost unbelievable ordeal at sea. Freed at last, returned to his California home, Zamperini found himself fighting an equally cruel (but for years unnamed) enemy: post-traumatic stress disorder. The second part of his life, post-War, becomes an equally inspiring tale. Interspersed with the author's explorations of the history and culture against which Zamperini's adventures, travails, and triumphs occurred, the book becomes a portrait of an unforgettable individual. UNBROKEN was selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 10 Book.
Customer Reviews of Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
like a novel, but a true story4/25/2012
this book is as thrilling as a novel, but it has the authenticity of being a true story. It is an inspirational tale of how someone who goes all wrong in his life can turn it around and do a great deal of good in the world. Zamperini is not only a world-class sprinter, he is a world-class person due to his bravery, initiative, and never say die attitude.
An Excellent Book2/17/2012
This book was a real education in both the Historical aspect and mans ability to survive under brutal conditions and treatment. It also shows that a person can sink deep into bad behavior and turn their live around in every sense.
In the first half of the book we get a detailed biography of Louis Zamperini- bad boy, then track and field star and Olympic contender. Possibly too detailed here, I admit. We then segue into WWI and Lt Zamperini's Air Corps career as a B-24 bombardier. Great stuff here, goes into fascinating detail about the B24 Liberator and the men who flew them in the Pacific. The last portion here is a harrowing tale of survival in the open seas, one of the best I have read. Then, Louie Zamperini gets captured by the Japanese. Folks, watching Bridge on the River Kwai will not prepare you for the brutality and inhumanity of the horrors Laura Hillenbrand brings to life here. Now, this is a gripping adventure story, well told, one that is hard to put down. But I had to put this book down in a couple places here, the story was that brutally true. A tale of unbelievable endurance, hardship and heroism. A real page turner, extremely well written and readable.
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