Unbroken — a Book Review

This is the true story of Louie Zamperini and I promise it will amaze and inspire.


Louie was a hell-raising, hooligan of a child who managed to channel his inexhaustible energy into running. His talent brought him all the way to the Olympics in Berlin.  After WWII broke out Louis became the hooligan turned Olympian turned Army Air Corp bombardier and from there a POW.

While on a search mission for another lost plane the engine on his bomber failed and crashed into the ocean. The story of Louie and his crew mates floating in a raft for over a month on the ocean is enough material for a captivating book all on its own.  But, when they finally reach land they are captured and taken prisoner by the Japanese.  Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire!

I read this book a couple of years ago and am happy that a movie has been made of Louie’s story.  I plan on seeing it.  But, I encourage everyone to read the book.  I hope that Angelina Jolie has done a worthy job of it because what happens after Louie’s survival of the crash and the brutality of his captors  was what enabled him to live a long and happy life (he passed away this past July at 97!!) instead of a self-destructive, broken one.  That’s the part of the story that took me completely by surprise.

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