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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
 

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

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I couldn't put this book down, exciting from beginning to end. The movie was an ordeal, the book has much better grasp of the story, more details. Read full review

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

User Review  - Bob Nelson - Goodreads

I couldn't put this book down, exciting from beginning to end. The movie was an ordeal, the book has much better grasp of the story, more details. Read full review

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

User Review  - Nilesh Rathod - Goodreads

It is an unbelievable story of human resilience and courage. Even though the story itself is thought provoking and stands like a testimony on behalf of the millions of POW who perished in the camps ... Read full review

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

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It is an unbelievable story of human resilience and courage. Even though the story itself is thought provoking and stands like a testimony on behalf of the millions of POW who perished in the camps ... Read full review

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

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Unbroken is an incredible, true life story that explores the amazing capacity for human endurance through negative and life changing experiences. It is a story of survival, resilience and redemption ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Emma Robinson - Goodreads

Unbroken is an incredible, true life story that explores the amazing capacity for human endurance through negative and life changing experiences. It is a story of survival, resilience and redemption ... Read full review

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

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The book Unbroken is set in the middle of the ocean and in a series of Japanese prison camps. The main character, Louis Zamperini was an Olympic athlete who flew bomber planes in WWII. The struggle ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Addison - Goodreads

The book Unbroken is set in the middle of the ocean and in a series of Japanese prison camps. The main character, Louis Zamperini was an Olympic athlete who flew bomber planes in WWII. The struggle ... Read full review


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