Sunday, April 24, 2011
Week 17: Unbroken
Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand
I had a hard time putting this book down; it's an amazing story. This is the biography of Louis Zamperini, young punk, Olympic athlete, bombardier, POW, and survivor. You spend a lot of time wondering how on earth he survived.
Zamperini grew up in Southern California, and as a kid he was a total punk, a rebel without a cause. But in high school he started running, and turned out to be incredible at it. At the time runners tended to be older, and he was unusually young when he went to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He planned to do better in 1940, but the war got in the way, and that's when the story gets really exciting.
This book is getting a lot of buzz right now, and deserves it. It's very much worth reading. And thanks to Julie in Austin for recommending it to me!
I had a hard time figuring out where to put this one on my map, but decided that majority rules.