October 14, 2012
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, is a gripping tale of a person that defied all odds, over and over. After surviving a plane crash in the Pacific, Louie Zamperini persevered beyond what any human should ever have to endure. He survived 47 days on a rubber raft with little food and fresh water. The former Olympic distance runner was then captured by the Japanese and put through living hell for 2.5 years. Living conditions were dire and he was beaten regularly. When things seem as though they couldn’t get any worse they did, again and again. Many people would have given up, but not Zamperini.
The book, written by Laura Hillenbrand and published in 2010, is fascinating and hard to put down. If you are looking to become fully absorbed into a true story that is almost beyond belief, get Unbroken. I recommend it highly.
Note: I saw Louie Zamperina, 95, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno a few weeks ago. He was sharp, interesting, and engaging, and is a true American hero.