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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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Apr 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: history, survival, adventure, world-war-ii
Read from April 01 to 15, 2011

I had assumed this would be a breezy, populist read ... looking at Seabiscuit as a Disney-fied work. I was surprised to find a serious amount of research and compelling writing. This is not heavy history by any means, but it's not a trivial feel good work either; given Laura Hillenbrand's pedigree, it's not surprising. This has the quality of the best long form journalism in the New Yorker and other such publications. Good enough that I'll now make my way to Seabiscuit.

Again, right in my sweet spot: athleticism (Zamperini was an Olympic runner and one of the pre-war miler's that made the 4 minute barrier look permeable), survival (in air, at sea, as a POW), endurance of body and indomitable strength of mind (or "spirit" if that's your bent).

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