Unbroken – a story of the human spirit

I just finished reading a book called Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It is a fascinating biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini. She is also the author of the best-selling book, Seabiscuit.

Unbroken is a true story of an Olympic track star who enlisted in the United States Army Air Force during WWII as a B-24 bombardier. His plane went down in the Pacific Ocean due to mechanical problems. He and two other men survived the wreckage and were adrift at sea for 47 days before being rescued by the Japanese Navy. After being rescued, they became POWs in a Japanese concentration camp. Against all odds, he survived and was finally liberated when Japan surrendered to the United States.

This is a gripping story of courage, faith, hope and forgiveness. It is about overcoming incredible odds for survival in the most hostile conditions imaginable. His amazing story will stay with you long after you finish this book. I salute Louis Zamperini and all of the men and women of the armed forces who served and are currently serving our country.

Here is a link to NPR’s review of the book.