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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
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March 1, 2012
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March 31, 2012

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Wow am I in the minority.

I absolutely loved Seabiscuit, so I expected great things from this one. However, where Seabiscuit focused narrowly on a small set of characters and events, this was more sprawling, bursting with a poorly-sketched cast of characters who, over time, became nearly indistinguishable. For most of the middle section, the book wore me down with its unrelenting catalogue of abuse and privation. On a related note, I wasn't crazy about the fact that the book endlessly described
Mirriam Seddiq
Feb 15, 2015 Mirriam Seddiq rated it it was amazing
Might be one of the best books I have ever read. Ever. It haunts me. At times I thought 'no way this happened, no way. This HAS to be made up. At least parts of it." But no matter. Hillenbrand is an amazing storyteller. I have not ever been big into history, etc. I mean, I like reading but nothing too heavy, please. But this was brilliant. Just brilliant. (Disclaimer, I actually listened to it on audible.)
Feb 22, 2011 Sylvia rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful book that I found very inspiring and heartwarming. It is the story of Louie Zamperini, a very colorful character who was once an Olympic runner, and his experiences and ordeals during WWII. I love how Laura Hillenbrand writes not only about survivors of difficult times, but she also writes about people and events that cause you to step back and remember that there is so much more to life than just surviving. I don't read very much non-fiction, but I was drawn to the book bec ...more
Doug Cornelius
Jun 02, 2013 Doug Cornelius rated it it was amazing
This is tremendous story, incredibly well-written, about a war hero.

But I have to admit, I judged a book by its cover. Although I heard great things about the book, I shrugged it off every time I saw the book. It has a sunset emblazoned on the cover, with a partial subtitle of "a ... story of survival, resilience, and redemption. I thought the book was a bodice-ripping story of some lost heroine, that rarely entertain me.

Was I wrong. This book is the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner, W
Feb 23, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
I literally could not put this book down. Well worth the months-long library waiting list!
Oct 16, 2011 Lynne rated it it was amazing
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