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A profoundly moving story about the transcendent capacity of the human spirit to endure the unspeakable. The biographer of Louis Zamperini describes his delinquent childhood, the successful redirection of his errant energies into running, and his history as an award-winning Olympian before his entry into the Army Air Force during WW2.
The crash of his plane over the shark-infested Pacific Ocean began a whole new chapter in Louis' life. Imagine 46 days with no food or water and hungry sharks rubbing the bottom of the lifeboat in eager anticipation?
Author Laura Hillenbrand analyzes Louis' capacity to survive:
"Though all three men (in the life raft) faced the same hardship, their differing perspectives of it appeared to be shaping their fates. Louis' and Phil's hope displaced their fear and inspired them to work towards their survival and each success renewed their physical and emotional vigor...Louis and Phil's optimism were becoming self-fulfilling."
Their fateful landing was not at all the joy they'd hoped for: they were held POW in Japanese camps and there treated to the most inhumane of cruelty by Japanese guards, the worst being `The Monster' Watanabe who, through incessant beatings, tried to deprive Louis and his friends of their most important possession - human dignity.
Author Hillenbrand comments: "This self-respect and sense of self-worth, the innermost armament of the soul, lies at the heart of humanness; to be deprived of it is to be de-humanized, ...In its absence, men are defined not by themselves, but by their captors... In captivity in Kwajalein, Louis and Philip learned a dark truth known to the doomed in Hitler's death camps, the slaves of the American South, and a hundred other generations of betrayed people."
This powerful history cum biography describes amazing American and Australian POW survival tactics that kept them alive and as well, outlines the worst consequences of survival, namely post-war trauma, wherein the victim of abuse can actually destroy his own rescued life.
We learn how Louie's post-war trauma was healed and with every page are astonished at this brave story of human resilience.
Congratulations to author Laura Hillenbrand for her excellent accomplishment of 400 pages of inspiration.
Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife
 

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One of the best books I have ever read!

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Exciting biography written by talented author, which equals "a page turner."

Review: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

User Review  - Julie Davis - Goodreads

Saw a screening of Unbroken last night and came out of it wanting to read the book. Wow. Read full review

Review: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

User Review  - Heather K (dentist in my spare time) - Goodreads

Gah! Local book club, why do you pick such depressing reads?! Read full review

Review: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

User Review  - Lilian Shein - Goodreads

Unbroken is a book about a man named Louie zamperini who survived a plane crash into the Pacific Ocean. He facedmdeath so many times but managed to escape. This book is good and I definitely recommend it. Read full review

Review: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

User Review  - Hunter - Goodreads

Hunter Conetta English B 9/9/14 Unbroken Book Review o Title: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand o Main Characters: Louie Zamperini Pete Zamperini, Russell Philips, Sylvia Z, Anthony Z and Louise Z o The ... Read full review

Review: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

User Review  - Dick Pilskog - Goodreads

Very slow read and I just hated the Japanese POW sequences. This guy is to be admired greatly for just staying alive. It is a very accurate and uplifting book. As my wife says, if you complain about ... Read full review

Review: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

User Review  - Emily Downs - Goodreads

I read this right after my father, a WWII veteran who served in the Philippines, passed away. I started reading it two days before book group, in no way expecting to finish it. I couldn't put it down ... Read full review

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Quite possibly the most moving book I have ever read. Read full review


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