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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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    The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz (clif_hiker)
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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.
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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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    We die alone by David Howarth (srdr)
    srdr: Jan Baalsrud's incredible survival and escape from Nazi-occupied arctic Norway.
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    Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: both examine prisoners of the Pacific islands
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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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    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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    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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    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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I recently read Bruce Springsteen's graphic novel, Outlaw Pete and if anyone personifies that wild baby boy it's Louis Zamperini. Louis was a hyper-active child and somewhat of a delinquent who often reeked havoc in his neighborhood. Eventually, he found that running was a way to release his energy and succeeded in making the US Olympic team and competed at the Berlin Olympics. Like so many other young men in the 1940's, his life and ambitions were interrupted by World War II. As an airman and stationed in Honolulu, Louis had a few firefights under his belt when he was assigned to board the worst possible and questionably airworthy Green Hornet to search for a missing B-24 headed to Canton. What occurred on this fateful flight defined the remainder of his life. Back at home, he was haunted by the man, his nemesis, who tried to break his spirit and will to live but at his lowest point a surprising event changed his life.
I read and loved Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit a few years ago and Unbroken is just as fabulous. ( )
  Carmenere | May 22, 2015 |
There's not much I can say about this book that hasn't been said already. This the story of Louis Zamperini. From a humble background he became a world-famous sprinter, then when WW2 came around he joined up like every other young man of his generation. While flying as a crewman on a bomber over the Pacific his plane crashed and then his great adventure began. Stranded for many days on a raft, then captured and tortured by the Japanese, he struggled to survive until the end of the war. A great story of perseverance. The subject matter is not pleasant to read, but this was a very good book. ( )
  Karlstar | May 12, 2015 |
Great book that showed the strength of the human spirit. Much better than the movie. Glad I read the book first. ( )
  NHNick | May 9, 2015 |
I absolutely love this book. I actually read it after seeing the movie. Books always tend to be better than the movies. It is about the former Olympian and US Air Force lieutenant, Louis Zamperini. The book focuses on his journey through being captured by the Japanese and facing multiple near death experiences. The book shows how his courage and determination led to his survival and freedom. ( )
  Hhaddad1 | Apr 29, 2015 |
This was an amazing book. This man went through so much! The author did a great job of taking us through Louie's remarkable journey. I would definitely recommend this book. ( )
  BradleyHoffman | Apr 29, 2015 |
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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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