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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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Jan 08, 11

Read in November, 2010

Summary: Louie Zamperini, Olympic track miler (Berlin 1936) and star USC runner, joins the Army Air Corps at the outbreak of WWII. After his plane plunges into the Pacific Ocean, he survives 47 days on a disintegrating raft, only to spend the rest of the war being starved and tortured in a series of Japanese POW camps.

Characters: Although Louie is the main character in this story, there are many other brave men and women who play a supporting role. Also, a couple of cameo appearances by famous people such as Jesse Owens and Adolf Hitler add to the drama.

Themes: Louie’s story is one of Persistence, Bravery, Redemption, and Forgiveness.

Why Book Clubs Will Love it: The author’s depth of research and attention to detail is evident by the over 50 pages of footnotes she includes. But her writing is not just factual—it’s also compelling and heart-breaking. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical non-fiction—and even those who don’t often read non-fiction. The author writes in such a beautiful narrative voice, there’s no danger in mistaking this for a text book!

Cheers!

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Liam It was called the US Army Air CORPS ( not core, which you find in an apple) and the Olympics were in 1936.....


Bookclubcheerleader Thanks, Liam. You’re a talented man--both a spell-checker and a fact checker! I am a notoriously bad speller—you should see my flipcharts—no spell check on those markers! But I must’ve been half-asleep when I wrote that one. As a military brat, I’ve always known the difference between those two words… As for the date, that’s a typo, as well—since I Googled the Berlin Olympics to look up the date…But thanks to your sharp eyes, I’ve made the necessary edits…
In any event, you will enjoy the book--not only does the author include about 50 pages of footnotes, but her publisher employed a copy editor! :-) Cheers! MTE


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