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

Hillenbrand, Laura

A very well told story of redemption and life spent to the fullest, Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini. Having lived a rowdy life from youth, Zamperini eventually discovered a life of faith and forgiveness. His experiences included competing in the Olympics in Berlin where he met Hitler, from whom he stole a flag; being shot down over the Pacific Ocean to float in a raft for weeks, only to be rescued by the Japanese Navy; and surviving a Japanese POW camp. He returned home after the war and discovered a life of faith at a Billy Graham crusade and eventually returned to Japan to forgive the guards that beat him in his captivity. This book is also a great snapshot of the period of American history from the Great Depression to World War II with an emphasis on the Greatest Generation and the story behind that term.

By Mike Agee
Submitted: February 9, 2011