Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
(Random House, 2010, 406 pages)
Wow! Am I glad I pressed through and read this book! Unbroken is the life story of Louis Zamperini. The story starts out in his early years. You quickly find out that Louis was pretty rambunctious as a child. I can’t believe the stunts he pulled! Louis was also a very fast runner. Running became something that he could put his energies toward and helped keep him out of trouble. Louis eventually ran the 5000 meter dash in the 1936 Olympics.
The bulk of the book focuses mainly on Louis’ experiences in the Air Force and as a POW during World War II. It is hard to believe what he experienced in the POW camps and the way he kept on going. Even after the war he had additional struggles that he had to work through. I don’t want to give too much away but Louis’ resiliency is amazing to read about. Anything I’ve ever gone through that I thought was hard is nothing compared to what Louis Zamperini faced. I definitely recommend this book. Having read Unbroken makes me appreciate even more the sacrifices of those who have served and those who are currently serving in the military.