Joanne L, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by Joanne L)
This is one of the best books about World War !!, the Pacific front, I have ever read. I knew "hell" took place but reading this book makes it very hard to believe our American men lived through all of that. Louis Zamperini had to have a very strong will go get through. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading.
Paulagf, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Paulagf)
Well-written story of extreme ordeals that WWII service members endured in the Pacific theater. Focuses on Louie who survived against all odds, but includes historical context as well as portraits of family, Allies and Japanese military.
itpdx, July 25, 2012 (view all comments by itpdx)
Wow! The story of an amazing and resilient man. And so well told! Hillenbrand brings us into the stadium of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the interior of a B-24 bomber limping back to base, a raft drifting across the Pacific, Japanese POW camps and the mental struggles of recovery.
Gwen Ellis, March 29, 2012 (view all comments by Gwen Ellis)
This book is a tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit in enduring unbelievable bodily suffering, mental torture, human degradation, and shame and yet rising like a phoenix from the ashes of a plane crash, floating for weeks and 2,000 miles on a life raft, and finally being interred in a POW camp where the most brutal of commandants took pleasure in torturing Louis Zamperini.
Zamperini was an Olympic level runner who should have been Roger Bannister, except that circumstances beyond his control took from him the title of first man to run a four-minute mile in an official competition. The Olympic games, first awarded to Tokyo and then transferred to Helskinki were cancelled (suspended indefinitely)due to the outbreak of war in Europe leaving him with no official place to compete. Louis enlisted in the Army Air Corps to avoid being drafted into some other branch of service. Though he tried to maintain a running schedule during Corps training and later during his tour of duty, all his training went away when he was captured.
The abuse and starvation he suffered left him more dead than alive. And yet his spirit rose within him and he survived it all. This war torn story Of heinous acts and atrocities has a very peaceful and hopeful ending. One that is surprising and one you will greatly enjoy.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Large Print)
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On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, 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.
In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
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