Louis Zamperini escape artist, rebel, thief, troublemaker. Finds that he is gifted at running and running fast. Olympian fast. Medalist fast.
Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini’s life before his Olympic medal, and beyond. The vast majority of the book is about his life during World War II. It is an amazing tale. Laura Hillenbrand goes into great detail through out the book. In places a little too much detail for my liking because she uses the exact vocabulary and names used by various people even when the language was rude and/or crude.
Laura starts with Louis’ early childhood which was not going in the right direction until his older brother took him under his wing and trained him to use his natural ability to run fast in a more acceptable fashion. Instead of running from justice, he focused down on building his skills as a runner and found a positive direction to go with his running. Laura lets the story unfurl detail by detail, moving from one era of Louis’ live into the next almost as if one were in step with Louis, watching and living it with him. After over two hundred pages devoted to the war years, she touches on the rest of his life with less detail, but still covers some very important events.
At the end of the book she tells about spending seven years researching and writing the book. She shares how Louis seemed to collect everything he laid his hands on and how one scrapbook alone, covering just a few years weighed seventy some pounds.
All in all, it was a very interesting book. Some of the statistics she shares in it are mind-numbing. Much of the content is a testament to how cruel mankind can be to one another, and yet in the midst of it all God can and does carry us through.
I recommend this especially to history enthusiasts, but really to anyone as there is much to be learned about human nature and the goodness of God.
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