Book Recommendation: Unbroken

UnbrokenThe subtitle says it well:  “A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption”

You’ve probably heard the adage, “true life is stranger than fiction.”  If someone tried to make up this amazing tale, no one would believe it.  Except this IS a true story about Olympic athlete and World War II Airman, Louie Zamperini.

Survival and resilience doesn’t even come close to describing this epic account of the life and near-death experiences Mr. Zamperini endured, including being adrift on the Pacific Ocean on a raft surrounded by sharks for 47 days and being savagely abused as a prisoner of war in Japan.

Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit, is a first-rate storyteller who spent 7 years researching and writing Unbroken.  She offers meticulous details and copious notes throughout and demonstrates a terrific ability to create pictures in your mind as you read.  The New York Times said that Hillenbrand “is a muscular, dynamic storyteller, never using an ordinary verb when a “teeming,” “buffeted” or “porpoising” will do. Her command of the action-adventure idiom is more than enough to hold interest.”

In short, I was swept into Zamperini’s story from page one… and it didn’t let me go until the end.

It’s also deeply inspiring.  Someone I know was so moved by this book that it positively affected his outlook when he read it during some challenging times in his own life.  He said that until he read this story, he didn’t have a true understanding of what it means to forgive.

Yes, Unbroken is that powerful…


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