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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (2010)

by Laura Hillenbrand

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    Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides (phm)
    phm: Nonfiction but reads like fiction and tells of a heroic plot by US Rangers to rescue Allied soldiers from a Japanese POW camp.
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    Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath by Michael Norman (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Another remarkable story about survival during WWII, about what humans can do to one another.
  3. 10
    Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: both examine prisoners of the Pacific islands
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    The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz (clif_hiker)
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    The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (terran)
    terran: Both books deal with participants in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and with personal stories of individuals growing up in that time period. Both are incredible true stories that read like fiction.
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    A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead (srdr)
    srdr: A well-told story with similar themes…WW II survival, friendship under difficult conditions.
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    Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff (srdr)
    srdr: A gripping, non-fiction story of a WW II airplane crash on Greenland.
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    We die alone by David Howarth (srdr)
    srdr: Jan Baalsrud's incredible survival and escape from Nazi-occupied arctic Norway.
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    Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation by Aili McConnon (sboyte)
    sboyte: Athletes and their experiences in the second World War.
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    Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene (cransell)
    cransell: An uplifting true story about World War II. Perhaps a good read after the harsh experiences in Unbroken.
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    The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II by Gregory A. Freeman (HistoryNutToo)
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    What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Based on the author's experiences, starting with the Vietnam war. Gave me lots of insight into war and warriors.
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    Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian's Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II by Louis Zamperini (Stbalbach)
    Stbalbach: Louis Zamperini's autobiography published in 2003, with intro by John McCain.
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Louis Zamperini was an Olympic runner in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. A few years later, he was back in the U.S. and in the military. When his plane went down over the Pacific Ocean, he and two buddies were castaways on a raft for 47 days before they drifted to an island, where they were then taken prisoner by the Japanese. The POWs in the Japanese camps (at least the camps Louis was in) were treated horribly. The story continued through the POW camps to the end of the war and Louis' return to the U.S. and the aftermath of everything he went through.

This was pretty incredible story. I really didn't know very much about the Japanese participation in WWII (beyond Pearl Harbor). I listened to the audio and only lost focus at one point during the story – while Louis was training for the war and there seemed to be a lot of airplane descriptions. But once the plane went down, the story was riveting. ( )
  LibraryCin | Oct 3, 2014 |
As one of the top runners of his era, Zamperini was on tap to break the 4 minute mile when World War II arrived. He entered the service as a bombadier for the Air Corps, and thus began the most horrific chapter of his life.

Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/unbroken-a-world-war-ii-story...
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  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Laura Hillenbrand's, Unbroken, is a story that has stuck with me. Following the true story of American POW', Louis Zamperini's emotional and physical journey is shocking and compelling. The mental and physical assaults Louis faced were horrific and yet the human will to persevere despite the odds prevails. ( )
  StaceyLee | Sep 20, 2014 |
A story so amazing that it would be to fanciful if it were fiction. Truly a book you cant put down, read by our entire family. ( )
  colic | Sep 18, 2014 |
Zamporini survives 47 days at see on a raft, and years in a Japanese POW camp. Very powerful. ( )
  jewortsman | Sep 16, 2014 |
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The ideal way to read “Unbroken” would be with absolutely no knowledge of how Mr. Zamperini’s life unfolded. Ms. Hillenbrand has written her book so breathlessly, and with such tight focus, that she makes it difficult to guess what will happen to him from one moment to the next, let alone how long he was able to survive under extreme duress...So “Unbroken” is a celebration of gargantuan fortitude, that of both Ms. Hillenbrand (whose prose shatters any hint of her debilitating fatigue) and Mr. Zamperini’s. It manages to be as exultant as “Seabiscuit” as it tells a much more harrowing, less heart-warming story.

 

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What stays with you latest and deepest? of curious panics,
Of hard-fought engagements or sieges tremendous what deepest remains?
--Walt Whitman, "The Wound-Dresser"
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For the wounded and the lost.
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All he could see, in every direction, was water.
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This book is an eye-opening and awe-inspiring tale told about the horror of war and the challenges that some of the men had to endure. Featuring Louis Zamperini, this book describes some of the terror he had to experience as a POW to the Japanese in WWII.
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On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.… (more)

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