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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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Mar 25, 11

bookshelves: adult, non-fiction, war-stories
Read from March 12 to 25, 2011

The epic World War II story of Louis Zamperini. Beginning with his days as a youth on the verge of a life of crime, through his brief stint as an Olympic runner, to his harrowing experiences as a World War II Air Corps bombardier where he endured an astounding 47 days on a life raft only to be captured by Japanese forces and sent to POW camps where he was ruthlessly starved, abused, and stripped of all human dignity.
Fast paced and action packed, Unbroken reads more like a novel than a non-fiction treatise. Filled with factoids about World War II on the pacific front scrunched in between Louis amazing story. At most times heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting and hooray inducing. Made me say "so that's why all those people read that book about a stupid horse..."
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