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Unbroken : a World War II airman's story of survival, resilience, and redemption

by Hillenbrand, Laura.

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Where To Find It

Call number: 940.547 Hi

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor

Community Reviews

Everything you would expect from Seabiscuit's biographer

I read Seabiscuit several years ago, and other than thinking horses are kind of pretty, I didn't have a big interest in racehorses. But Hillenbrand is such an fantastic writer that I was drawn in. She's done the same with Unbroken. Although the sheer amount of data can make it a bit of a struggle in some parts (for instance, the particulars of Zamperini's running career, and some of the historical background on WWII, made for slow reading), the story is incredibly compelling, and in fact nothing short of miraculous. In short, it's a fantastic book about an incredible man, and I would recommend it to anyone.


This is a great book, interesting historic background. It's hard to read about life in prison camps without cringing.

a good read

I highly reccomend this book.

Hillenbrand Clean and Refreshing

I don't read a lot of non-fiction, so my praise of Hillenbrand's clear, clean prose may actually be par for the course, but I doubt it. The story of Louie Zamperini's WWII endurance of survival is so rich with head-shaking feats that Hillenbrand does well not to inflate the story with complex or hyperbolic adjectives. In fact, she largely stands out of the way of her character heroes, and with the nearly 10 years worth of research she has collected, allows the details of their lives, and in many cases their exact words, to take the deserved spotlight.

Much of WWII history centers on the European front, which is all but absent from discussion in this Pacific war story. The severity of the Japanese POW camps was new to this reader, and the idea that someone who survived such inhumane treatment could return to this place to forgive and find peace with what happened is inspiring. Gripping and fascinating.

Not what I expected, in a good way

I'm not sure what I expected in a book about WWII. What I got was the story of true heroes, not the Hollywood ones, but real men who never gave up. I take so much of life for granted, but these heroes fought for every bit of life they were allowed to own. I was also surprised by the positive influence of classic Christianity shown in the book. Lately, showing organized religion of any type has been the fansionalbe thing to do. It is refreshing to see the the power God can have in a perosn's life.

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