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Unbroken

by Bill Hayes

Time magazine h7as ranked Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption as the top non-fiction book of the year. Written by Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit, the book tells the riveting tale of American pilot Louie Zamperini, whose plane crashed in the Pacific in World War II.

From the review in the New York Times Book Review:

In late May 1943, the B-24 carrying the 26-year-old Zamperini went down over the Pacific. 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. They traveled 2,000 miles, only to land in a series of Japanese prison camps, where, for the next two years, Zamperini underwent a whole new set of tortures. His is one of the most spectacular odysseys of this or any other war, and “odyssey” is the right word, for with its tempests and furies and monsters, many of them human, Zamperini’s saga is something out of Greek mythology.

Below is a short film on Zamperini’s experience.