Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Unbroken is a life-changer. Without wanting to spoil the true tale for anyone, I will provide a short and nondescript summary here in the interest of possibly hooking readers into this terrific and terrible story.
Basically, Louis Zamperini is a young trouble-maker who ends up running in the 1936 Olympics before falling into the sadistic clutches of Japanese guards at POW camps. The book mainly covers the insane brutality Louis faces as he struggles to survive malnutrition, disease and unimaginable inhumane treatment. The "Bird" is one tormentor who will bring Louis so close to madness, and you'll have to read the book to see how Louis becomes a sensational inspiration.
Unbroken is a must-read for anyone interested in experiencing the pain and anguish of an American POW in horrific Japanese prison camps during World War II. Readers may be emboldened by witnessing an unyielding will to survive in the literal face of hopelessness.
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