Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand

unbroken-cover_custom-s6-c10Brilliant book about Olympic runner, WWII soldier and Japanese POW Louie Zamperini.  As a child, Louie was a troublemaker.  He turns his life around through track and field, breaking high school records and going to the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.  However, his athletic career ends when WWII breaks out.  Louie enlists in the Army and becomes a bombardier.  His plane is shot down over the Pacific.  He is one of three to survive.  One of them dies at sea, but Louie and Phil survive for 46 days only to be captured by the Japanese and placed in a series of horrific POW camps with sadistic guards until the war ends.  Back home, he tries to live a normal life, but turns to drink to deal with the memories.  Faith enables him to quit drinking, become a motivational speaker and forgive the men who wronged him during the war.  In 1998, Louie carries the Olympic torch in Japan, putting the war behind him for good.  Louie’s grit and determination are awe-inspiring.  He does indeed remain, unbroken.

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