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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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it was amazing
bookshelves: biography-history

This book was epic in every way. The writing was wonderful, the story true, the characters heroic, sadistic, and vivid. It really brings you into World War II. Many of the books that I've read about World War II are based in Europe, often Germany, France, etc. This book focuses on World War II in the Pacific, Pearl Harbor, and then Japan. Louis Zamperini is an Italian American boy living outside of Los Angeles who first becomes an Olympic hero for his running. He then enlists in the armed forces during WWII and becomes a war hero, a survivor, and a POW of a Japanese camp. This book is not for the faint of heart, as it is vivid in it's descriptions of the horrors of war and the treatment of POWs. However, it is gripping and hard to turn away from. I feel privileged to have been witness to Zamperini's journey and am glad that he finally was able to find peace.
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January 16, 2017 – Started Reading
January 16, 2017 – Shelved
January 16, 2017 – Shelved as: biography-history
January 24, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Dennis Meier You may also like

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The picturebook Krieg dem Kriege by Ernst Friedrich is the pictursize Johnny got his gun. It has german, english and french in one book, threelingual. Look it up in google, but be warned.

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You may also like Animal Farm and 1984, both written by George Orwell

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About a german woman in Berlin surving rape and hunger and the savagers itself.

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Lisa Montanaro Thanks Dennis. Lots of great World War II books to choose from nowadays. I've read some of the ones you listed. My favorite out of your list is The Book Thief. Stunning novel.

Happy reading!


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