Monday, July 25, 2011


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

AR Reading Level: 7.7
On the library bookshelves: Adult Non-fiction
Awards: Publishers Weekly Best Book; Christy Award/Honor; Los Angeles Times Book Prize

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini, the son of Italian immigrants, who had a passion for running. At the age of 19, he attended the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, running the 5,000 meters. He looked poised to take the 1940 games by storm as he inched towards breaking the 4-minute mile record when World War II broke out and he enlisted.

Louis became a bombardier in the Pacific fighting theater. In 1943, his plane had mechanical trouble, and he went down into the ocean. He survived a horrific six-week ordeal on the ocean and was eventually captured by Japanese forces. He spent the remainder of the war as a POW in Japan.

This book is absolutely incredible. It's not just the meticulously researched history that makes this book sparkle. There is a raw humanness to Hillenbrand's writing that gives her story life. The things that have happened in this man's life are truly mind-boggling. I learned not only more about WWII reading this book, but I was able to think a lot about the personal attributes of integrity, forgiveness, faith and endurance. This is definitely going to be a standout favorite for the year.

Also reviewed by: Gerbera Daisy Diaries ~ The Boston Bibliophile ~ Lesley's Book Nook ~ At Home With Books ~ Bibliophile by the Sea

Source: Kindle Purchase


bermudaonion said...

Everything I've read about this book indicates it's more than outstanding. I'm eager to read it.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I LOVED this book and didn't expect to, so always an added bonus. What an amazing man! Glad u enjoyed it as well Trish.

Melissa Mc (Gerbera Daisy Diaries) said...

Truly a book that will stay with me for a long had such a profound effect both in terms of literacy and spiritually.
Thanks for including my link.

Veens said...

Wow! SOunds like an absolutely amazing read. I am going to have to search for it here.

Anna said...

I've heard nothing but good things about this book, so I can't wait to read it at some point. I've linked to your review on War Through the Generations.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This sounds absolutely terrific. Great review!
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