Saturday, January 1, 2011

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

In "Unbroken," author Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of Louis Zamperini, restless teen that became a track star, that participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and even met Hitler. almost getting arrested for attempting to steal a Nazi flag, Zamperini returned home, failed as a pilot and ended up in the Army Air Corps as a B-24 bombardier.

In May 1943, his plane goes down. He and one of his crewmates endure over 47 days before they find land, but they end up in enemy territory, and are sent to a POW camp, where the story gets even more harrowing and brutal. The story of Zamperini's ordeal, survival and eventual return home is one of the best books if not the best book that I have ever read. Five-plus stars.

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