Summary: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
– NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
-Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine
– Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant…Read more.
This book can be tough to get through at times, if like me you’re queasy anytime you hear about wartime atrocities. But, it’s well-researched and deals with a lot of important historical events, and I think it gives an accurate and well-written depiction of the horrors that went on during WWII.
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Laura Hillenbrand: Unbroken Audio Book Summary
A lot of people have read this book or at least watched the movie. Unbroken is a book based on the real events that occurred during the Second World War. It is the moving story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic who was called to serve his country on one of the bombers used by the US army in the Second World War. On one of their missions above the Pacific, his plane went down leaving him and two other survivors to the mercy of the cold Pacific Ocean.
After 40 days of surviving the harsh conditions out in the open ocean, he and the other remaining survivor were captured by the Japanese naval forces. His family at home had long given up hope of ever finding him alive. His captures also failed to inform the Americans and to them he and his colleagues were declared dead. He was transferred to a hospital where he was allowed to recuperate. However, his problems were just starting as he was later transferred to one of the Japanese imprisonment camps.
As a prisoner he was constantly picked on by the guards due to his then forgotten fame as an Olympic runner. He was subjected to great torture and humiliation throughout his stay at the camps but this did not kill his spirits. He endured the pain, starvation, and public humiliation from camp to camp until his colleagues thought he was surely going to give up. But it was in a camp in Tokyo where the Olympic runner received the most brutal of treatments from a guard nicknamed ìthe bird.î
While at the camp he was forced to make pro-Japanese broadcasts to be shared with the whole world but the brave soldier stayed true to his country. In return he was severely punished for what his captives treated as a mockery to their country. At the time of the atomic bombing of Japan by the US, Louis Zamperini was still imprisoned in Tokyo. The Japanese finally surrendered and the guards passed on the news of the end of the war to the prisoners who were consequently set free.
The news of the end of the war found a completely broken Zamperini who could not even lighten up in joy. He was later transferred back to the US where he was hospitalized before being allowed to reunite with his family. Despite the overwhelming joy that filled his family members and friends, the former Olympic runnerís life would never be the same again.
He fell in love shortly afterwards to a stunning young woman he had only met and known for two weeks. As expected, his marriage encountered a lot of problems a thing which made him turn to the bottle. No matter how hard he tried to forget his time at the hands of the Japanese, he just couldnít and dreams and flashbacks kept haunting him. His wife got fed up and demanded for a divorce.
The war veteran knew that he could not let the events of the war define his future and at one of Billy Grahamís revival meetings, his life was turned around completely. He quit drinking immediately, got his life together and saved his marriage in time. He tried to make amends with his most cruel capture the bird, but he was unsuccessful.