Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Review: "Unbroken"

  Lauren Hillenbrand

Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini's tortured life and his subsequent revival. (Spoiler alert-if you don't want to know anything about this book, skip to the next paragraph.) Raised in Torrance, California during a time when immigrants were mistrusted, Louis was a disliked juvenile delinquent. He channeled his energies into running and competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Louis became a navy bombardier during World War II, and after his plane was shot down, survived at sea only to be captured by the Japanese navy. As a prisoner of war, Louis was singled out by a sadistic, psychopathic guard and tortured on a daily basis. Unlike the movie with the same name, the book also details how Louis was able for find redemption, forgive his captors and lead a full, peaceful life.

The best book I've read since Tuesdays with Morrie, Unbroken is a tale of hardship, courage and hope. Though it was difficult to read about what Louis Zamperini endured, both by natural and human elements, reading Unbroken is worth the effort. In addition, Unbroken is well written and meticulously researched. I now have a deep respect for Mr. Zamperini, recognize he is a hero and highly recommend reading his story.

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