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See how this article appeared when it was originally published on NYTimes.com. This is a inspiring and educational read. Sadly, there was no information on PTSD in those years. His Christian conversion after the war freed him from the PTSD effects he was still experiencing from his previous POW captivity. On the 47th they were picked up by Japanese sailors. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Judging from her citations, she spoke to Zamperini almost entirely by phone, and as any reporter will tell you, it just ain’t the same. Telling an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. I’m in awe.

Even if you don’t read it, it’s presence on your shelf will enrich your library. Also, I don't have much interest in war, combat, or airplanes; when I picked up 'Unbroken' I was depending on my love for the characters to be enough of a gripper to keep me engaged, and that just didn't happen. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. “Unbroken” is gripping in an almost cinematic way. Throughout, sharks floated expectantly alongside and beneath them, rubbing their backs against the raft and, sometimes, lunging up into it. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. He did his best, but the war broke him in profound ways that would chase all his children and grandchildren through the years. As she acknowledges, because of illness (she suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome) Hillen­brand is largely confined to her home. A terrific story. I appreciate all the research Hillenbrand did to bring us the other side of the story.

Laura Hillenbrand reached Louis Zamperini just in the nick of time — he was in his mid-80s when she found him, and 93 now— and it’s an excellent thing, for his is surely one of the most extraordinary war stories of all. His coach said the only runner who could beat him was — you guessed it — Seabiscuit.

Literally, yes, I could put it down, but I didn't want to; it was difficult to walk away from. While the body counts mount in Afghanistan and Iraq, another military tally, less wrenching and tragic but poignant nonetheless, quietly proceeds. But that was a mixed blessing: the Japanese had repeatedly vowed to kill all P.O.W.’s rather than hand them over, and surely would have if the Americans had invaded Japan.

Others in similar straits had resorted to cannibalism; after Zamperini uttered some lines remembered from the movies, he and Phillips simply cast McNamara overboard. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon.

There weren’t nearly enough for another serving to make them worth saving so I dumped them in the sink, but just as I was about to turn on the garbage disposal, I realized that to the POWs described in. The book moved me so much that I watched videos and read everything I could find about Louis on the internet.

By using a 3rd person narrator, the author can give other info she gleaned from her research. I'm a voracious reader. Author Daniel James Brown was able to take a subject I have no interest in and make it enthralling.) Great book. They cut up fabric from a second raft to protect themselves from the scorching equatorial sun. Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020, 20 some years ago, i was a student at Waseda University, the school where the animal Watanabe was educated.

I am heartened to see that even in this day and age of Political Correctness, many share my feelings on the matter. Part of me wants to rate this 5 stars because the story of everything Louis Zamperini went through deserves 5 stars. In "Unbroken," Laura Hillenbrand returns to tell another story (after "Seabiscuit") of someone who has been bloodied by adversity, but not broken by it. Through the prodding of Louis's older brother, Louis took up running and set long-lasting mile run records in both high school and college, also competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics 5,000 meter run when he was just 19. I had a very difficult time connecting to/caring about any of the characters. Why isn't this book told from Louie's point of view? I enjoyed the beginning of the book somewhat, learning about the main character's struggles to become an Olympic runner. Illustration by Joon Mo Kang; Photographs by Corbis/Bettman and courtesy of Louis Zamperini. Recommend to any individual with an interest in WWII or anyone looking for a true life hero story 7.5/10, A Riveting Read About a Remarkable Person, Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2017. At the time, I was of the opinion that the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima was unjustified. As war approached he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. I can see why there was a movie made. Wouldn't it make it more interesting? More seriously, she rarely forces him to reach. But virtually everything about Zamperini is filtered through her capable yet rather denatured voice, and we don’t really hear him. Laura Hillenbrand follows her spectacular biography of race horse Seabiscuit with the gripping tale of Louis Zamperini's life and tribulations as a downed airman in WWII. The men beat them off with oars and even managed to kill a couple — and eat their livers. Some of the more brutal parts were difficult to g. I certainly don't like brutality in books or movies, but this may be the best book I have ever read!

Her research is thorough, her writing (even on complicated, technical wartime topics) crystalline. Well written and narrated. The book is basically over approximately 60% through, then wanders in all sorts of directions about characters whom I as a reader had little interest in. From the Olympics to being stranded at sea to a prisoner of war in Japan. From running in the pre-war Olympics in Germany, to being a pilot in the South Pacific during World War II, to being shot down by the Japanese, to staying alive floating in a life raft, to being captured by the Japanese, to surviving the intolerable conditions of a Japanese POW camp. Zamperini joked to Hillenbrand that he’d be an easier subject for her than Seabiscuit because he could talk. Apart from a rocky beginning (when, seeming to lack confidence in her main character, she hypes him), she is intelligent and restrained, and wise enough to let the story unfold for itself. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. In only one sense does it disappoint, but it’s important: that is, in its portrait of the hero himself. I cannot imagine living through this amount of torture and torment. It’s truly heartbreaking, the catastrophes of war. My grandfather spent years in Europe during WWII. But that also presents perils. It was also interesting to me to learn more about Japan and their role in the war. For example, the time spent on the raft is just too long and drawn out. While only one in 100 Americans captured in Europe died, nearly one in three perished in Japanese captivity. I grew terrified each time he arrived, as if I, not Luis Zamperini, would have to drum up the mental fortitude to survive his torture. This was one of the best books I've ever read. Laura Hillenbrand follows her spectacular biography of race horse Seabiscuit with the gripping tale of Louis Zamperini's life and tribulations as a downed airman in WWII. Louis Zamperini lived a memorable life. Unfortunately, I found myself really not enjoying the writer's writing style on quite a few different parts throughout the book. The scenes, drama and people that populate the story were so vividly drawn that I can still recall the Japanese POW camp guard named the Bird.

An inspiring and chilling account of an extraordinary man, Unbroken is a perfect nonfiction book for middle schoolers interested in war stories, history, running, and incredible feats of bravery and perseverance. Only then did his war end. Reading it became more of a chore than an escape, so ultimately I only made it through about a quarter of the book. I got and watched the Unbroken movie DVD and another DVD based on his life as well. For nearly seven weeks — longer, Hillenbrand believes, than any other such instance in recorded history — Zamperini and his pilot managed to survive on a fragile raft. Though his wartime experiences faded with time, talking about them was pretty much all Zamperini did for years. It’s also yet another testament to the courage and ingenuity of America’s Greatest Generation, along with its wonderful, irrepressible American-style irreverence: just hearing the nicknames — many unprintable here — that the P.O.W.’s bestowed on their guards makes you fall in love with these soldiers. A true tale of human resilience so unbelievable that you would think it was a novel. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption is Hillenbrand's engrossing narrative of Louie Zamperini's remarkable life. As far as a piece of literature, I found myself plodding through overly descriptive depictions of POW life from both sides. I haven't stayed up all night reading in many years, but this book have me that rare pleasure of trading sleep for getting lost in a story. This mans determination to survive was simply amazing. So, while a startling narrative and an inspirational book of a rather traditional sort, “Unbroken” is also a wasted opportunity to break new psychological ground. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. Quickly facing starvation, the men saved themselves by eating unwary albatrosses that used the raft as a perch and, with Zamperini tying improvised hooks to his hands to create a claw, by catching an occasional fish.

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