“In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand.”
My Review - Rating - 9/10
Unbroken is one of the few nonfiction books that everyone’s either read or heard of. It’s that popular for a good reason. If you are one of the people who have only heard of it, or somehow haven’t heard about it, I recommend you go pick it up now. It’s the epic story of a U.S. airman shot down in the pacific theatre of WW2, who is captured by the Japanese. The story of the abuses he suffered at their hands, how he defied his captors in every small way he could, and how he was affected when he was released and sent back to the states is deeply disturbing and inspiring, often at the same time. This book is fascinating, and I have no criticisms to make of it, no matter how small. I cannot overstate how good this book is. Even if you’re not a history buff, even if you don’t like nonfiction, I think you should pick this book up and give it a read.
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