Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Book Review: Unbroken

What a pleasant surprise! I would never typically pick up a World War II survival story, and frankly I was kind of dreading reading this book for my office book club. Oh, how wrong I was. Fantastic, Fascinating. Gripping. It sucked me in from the very fist page!

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, is the true story of a boy who starts out as a delinquent, becomes an Olympic runner, goes to war, and puts his life back together after the war ends. The tale takes you through his life from child to old man and especially focuses on his remarkable stamina and courage as a Japanese POW. You meet his family, friends, enemies, and fellow soldiers throughout who are affected by his life.

The Pacific side of World War II was not previously something I really knew anything about, and the way that the author, Laura Hillenbrand, brings Louis Zamperini's experiences to life is absolutely amazing. I found myself again and again thinking, "Could ANYTHING else happen to this man?!"

Please do not miss out on this unforgettable tale! It really is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.


  1. Most unbelievable story ever, huh? I couldn't stop talking to people about it after I read this book!

  2. Yes! What an amazing book I'm SO glad I read it. I think I'm going to buy it for several people for Christmas!

  3. sounds good, i love history type stories, my grandpa was in WWII on Okinawa!


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