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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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Feb 16, 12

really liked it
Read from February 02 to 15, 2012

This is a biography of Louie Zamperini, a would-be Olympic champion and WWII airplane crash survivor. The story of his survival on a raft for 47 days in the middle of the Pacific is incredible. Hillenbrand did extensive research for this book, and it shows: several details of planes and different POW camps paint a very vivid picture.

After Zamperini returned from the war, his life began to spiral as a result of flashbacks and nightmares sparked by his wartime experiences. Even marriage to a beautiful, adventurous woman couldn't snap him out of it. On the verge of divorce and deep into alcoholism, Zamperini became a Christian at a Billy Graham revival in Los Angeles. This was a fascinating part of Zamperini's life to me, and it was remarkable to see the change in his life as a result of this conversion.

This is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in biography, WWII, adventure, or even just good story-telling.
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