"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (November 16, 2010)
MY THOUGHTS: This has got to be the best book I've read this year. It is a wonderful book, if you get a chance to read this, DO. It will make you laugh and cry. It's all about Louie Zamperini, a World War II vet and his struggle to survive before, during and after the war. Louie's B-24 Bomber plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Then he was caught and held in a POW camp. Then he had to survive so he could get back home to his family. This book is full of pictures and information about the horrors that the POW's went through while interned. I was really surprised by all the information and horrified. The things that were done to the POW's in the name of war was horrendous. How they survived is beyond me. You have got to read this book!!
MY RATING: 8-12