Thursday, December 29, 2011

unbroken

This is one of my favorite new books to recommend and I even gave a copy of this book to my father for Christmas. I won't spoil some of it but I will say that this is based on a true story and the guy is still alive today! I have a new understanding of World War 2 vets and thats a very good thing!

To be completely honest, I'm a little embarrassed just how much of this part of World War 2 history I've forgotten. I did goof off a little too much in school and that is part of it but I really don't think that the Japanese part of the war is covered or discussed as much as Hitler and the German's involvement. I know when thinking of WW2 I don't typically think of what goes on in Japan and in their prison camps. This book gives you a REALLY good idea of what was happening in that part of the world during the war and I highly recommend reading this. Some parts are rather intense but overall the story is really well written and highlights a much forgotten part of the war.

From Amazon:
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.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. 


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