I've read some of the reviews, and the story sounds intriguing. I'll look into it. Have you heard of "German Boy", by Wolfgang Samuel. It starts in 1949, where Wolfgang, a ten year old boy, struggles to survive in post war Germany, and is faced with poverty, prejudice and corruption by the "governing" Russian forces. Robert.
Having read (and loved) "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand, I was eager for her next book. This was absolutely worth the wait and the price! For two days, I read this book in huge gulps. If I hadn't had to sleep in between, I might have read it in one sitting. The author has done an absolutely amazing job of sharing Mr. Zamperini's story with all of us. It's devastating, inspiring, and heartbreaking - and then some!
I am reading this book now. I just got to where Louie is in flight training before going to war. Does the point of view ever change from 3rd person to 1st person? I don't feel like I'm part of the story yet....
About 1/3 into this book - fantastic! Wonderful chronology and the author has obviously been doing her homework the background information is astonishing. Hate to have to sleep; keeping me from doing other things like, housework. Oh well.
It has a religious aspect to it, but don't worry, the author handles it very well. It's probably the most powerfully written part of the book, and it left me in tears. I'm not a religious person, but it moved me very deeply. Read it, you will not regret it.
To not read 'Unbroken' just because it has a religious and spiritual aspect would be your loss quite frankly. Was he not supposed to tell the story as to not 'offend' you the reader? It's his story. To leave out that part of his life would be as devastating as leaving out the birth of his child, his marriage, his Olympic journey, etc. It's a part of the story. And if you decide that this book isn't worth it because of that would be your loss. This is absolutely the best book I've read in years. The story will have your mind reeling for days and it will stay in your heart forever.
As a retired military man, 36 years U.S. Air Force, with a natural draw to history, I've read many books concerning WWII. Unbroken was, perhaps, the most graphic encounter with the truth of the time, that I have read thus far. It was a book dedicated to the truth of the time, not only from America's view points, but also much insight into the Japanese military and why they functioned as they did. Outstanding job of presenting a very difficult and delicate subject.
I have a very basic question which I hope does not offend anyone. I'm about ready to download this book to my Kindle and I hope someone can tell me whether the photos that are in the hard copy book are included in the Kindle version. This book seems to be one of those cases where the photos would add greatly to the reading experience. Thanks in advance for any info.
Kindle version does have photographs. I haven't seen hard copy to know if Kindle has all that hard book does, but I suspect that it does. I did a google search for images relating to the book and I didn't see anything that wasn't on the Kindle.
Unbelievable book. I am a Paramedic and I here stories of the war from many patients that i have transported. A recent patient was reading this and when asked about the book, choked up and was brought to tears. He had been a POW in Germany and felt guilty that his inturnment was so easy. After reading this I will never look at these old vets the same. I am very anti-war given the way we handle war now but god bless everyone of them old and present for what they do and put up with.
I could not put this book down. I have read many books on WW II, work with vets daily...the best book depicting the obsolute courage and drive to live by Louie and Phillip. It was painful to read about his POW experiences but I assure you...the POW's in Vietnam faced the same fate.
Hildenbrand has become one of the greatest biographic writers of our time. I don't know of anyone else who can so completely put you in the era, the moment, the worldview of the time and culture, so utterly. And the subject is fascinating, even if you're not into WWII stories, just as Seabiscuit was fascinating even for non-horse people. Impossible to put either book down. I'm so jealous! I started work on my first non-fiction book two years ago, and am using her books as my high-water mark. I'll never reach it, but I can't think of a better standard to measure by.
Yes, Hillenbrand creates magic. I'm reading the companion, Devil at my Heels by David Rensin, based on Zamperini's own account. It has its own appeal. I enjoy stories that take place in WWII, and I'm biased I suppose because my own father was a POW in WWII(Germany). We can all do well to aspire to Hillenbrand's high standards. Good luck with your novel. Robert POW #74324
There are many, many great books in the world and a limited time in which to read them. My criteria for choosing what to read is my own, as is yours. I am grateful to the two other responders who answered my question without lecturing.
This was an amazing book. I'm not a huge history buff, but this has definitely changed my mind about reading more. It was an incredible story of following one man thru WW2 and all the hardships that he and his buddies endured. I had no idea any of the things talked about were done. I had respect for Veterans before, but I have even more for them now. The story line is amazing and keeps you intrigued thruout and you are amazed, dumbfounded, cheering and crying the entire time. It is a brilliantly written book. I will definitely look for other books by this author...and my hats off and a huge THANK YOU to all Veterans and their families past and present!!!
Thanks for this information. It's time Amazon provide information on whether Kindle books are "image abridged" or true copies of the hard copy version. I realize whether to include images in the Kindle format is the publisher's choice (according to Amazon) but regardless, I'd like to know before I buy and searching for answers like this on a book by book basis is tedious.