Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is the remarkable true story chronicling the life of Louis Zamperini. He was a world class runner who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics before the call to war came and he ended up manning a bomber in the Pacific theatre of WWII. Crashed, lost at sea, held and tortured as a prisoner of war—these are the broad strokes of the narrative, but through exhaustive research and subtle straightforward prose, Hillenbrand put s the reader right next to Zamperini throughout his entire astounding ordeal. I was amazed by the facts and statistics laid out, as well as moved to sympathy and revulsion by the atrocities perpetrated against those held in Japanese prisoner of war camps. Being a student of history, I thought I was fairly well acquainted with this period in time, but reading this book showed me just how woefully ignorant I was. As educating and interesting as the entire tale is, this is ultimately an incredible story of the power of hope, faith, and the resiliency of the human spirit.

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