Unbroken, a WW 11 Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

From Sandi Rosenthal 
Title:  Unbroken, a WW 11 Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Author:  Laura Hillenbrand
This book is about an Olympian track star, Louis Zamperini, who was a pilot in the military during World War 11.  His plane was shot down in the Pacific and he drifted on a small raft for a few weeks enduring starvation, dehydration, extreme exposure to the elements and sharks. It was heart wrenching reading each page, but the devastation was just beginning. He landed on an island occupied by the Japanese and then endured a couple of years in a POW camp where he was treated sub-humanly, starved, savagely beaten, kicked, clubbed and broken physically and mentally. His post war years were damaged because of the treatment in the POW camp and at the hands of one particular sadistic guard. In the end he finds salvation and forgiveness. I found this book very difficult to read, the brutality kept on, page after page, and I couldn’t believe that he was alive after each torturous beating.

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