Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption is the extraordinary story of Louie Zamperini a Torrance, California native who hones his skills to become an Olympian. After the 1936 games, he set his sights on competing again in 1940.
But World War II intervened, and Louie enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After flying a few combat missions, Louie and his other B-24 crewmen volunteered for a search mission southwest of Oahu. While on this mission, the plane suffered an engine malfunction and crashed in the Pacific with Louie and two other survivors.
Forty-seven days later, Louie and his close friend were picked up off the Japanese controlled Marshall Islands. Over the next two years, he suffered the deprivations of four POW camps before being liberated in August 1945.
Upon returning home, he suffered from war injuries and alcoholism that nearly destroyed his marriage. The end of the story is about his amazing battle back from his tortuous past, including redemption for his tormentors.
Laura Hillenbrand’s incredible research, writing, and selection of photographs from Zamperini’s and close friends weave you into the story. Her seven-year journey through Louie’s unlikely life created a book that is hard to put down.
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