Monday, October 3, 2011
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Recommended To: Anyone with an interest in WWII. Especially the pacific theater.
I took a break from this blog, and I needed it. I was too overwhelmed with this blog, wedding planning, and my job to actually keep up with the blog how I wanted to.
But, I'm back.
I have been reading a lot and Unbroken was one book that I just couldn't help blogging about. I got this book for my birthday from my fiance's parents and it came highly recommended.
This is the story of Louis Zamperini, an olympic track runner who joined the air force during WWII. He worked on a B24 bomber as the user of a brand new proprietary invention that could sight targets and aim bombs directly at them.
On one mission his plane crashed into the pacific and he survived for over 40 days and then became a POW in a Japanese camp. This story was excellent. I have read a lot of WWII non-fiction and this was one of the first books I've read about the pacific theater and the first book I've read about POWs. Everyone knows about the conditions in the concentration camps, but I hadn't seen any literature about the conditions in POW camps that were supposedly regulated by the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions.
This was often a very disturbing book, but also a book that left me believing in the American cause. It was a book full of hope and resilience and I read it in about two days. I recommend it to anyone interested in a real life hero and to anyone interested in a story that isn't often told.