Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand


Yes, this is where the movie Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, came from. And, quite honestly, it’s probably one of my favorite movies of all time. Not that you asked but just a side note. Unbroken is about a guy named Louis Zamperini who, growing up in the early 1940’s, had a hobby of running since he had no other way to channel his childhood defiance. This hobby would end up taking him to the Berlin Olympics, and yes, he met Hitler. But, after, when he joined the United States Air Force, his plane along with the rest of the crew crashed in the ocean where he drifted with two other crewmates, with no food and minimal water for 47 days.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, however you want to look at it, he was both saved and captured by a military Japanese ship where he was tortured in order to get information out of him (he resisted). Louis found himself in Japan going through many, many, prisoner of war camps where “the bird,” as Louis liked to call him, would pick on Zamperini and would single him out and beat him for no reason at all (this was also on top of all the physical labor they were required to do). Without dragging the summary out, Louis Zamperini survived, but barely, until the United States liberated the camp he was staying at.

As for the book itself, it was definitely one of the more lengthier ones with that unbearable small font size (we all know it sucks), but it was well done. Hillenbrand for sure did her homework and (I hope) portrayed the story well with facts, numbers, and insight. Overall, it was a decent history book, if you’re into that kind of thing and I only recommend to those who don’t like war, gore, and all that fun stuff. So, yes, I’ll give it a strong 4 out of 5 stars.