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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece by the author of "Seabiscuit", September 28, 2010
This review is from: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Hardcover)
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This is the long (500 pages) extremely detailed, meticulously researched and extremely moving story of a Hero. And yes, the caps on "hero" was intentional.

In the first half of the book we get a detailed biography of Louis Zamperini- bad boy, then track and field star and Olympic contender. Possibly too detailed here, I admit. We then segue into WWI and Lt Zamperini's Air Corps career as a B-24 bombardier. Great stuff here, goes into fascinating detail about the B24 Liberator and the men who flew them in the Pacific. The last portion here is a harrowing tale of survival in the open seas, one of the best I have read.

Then, Louie Zamperini gets captured by the Japanese. Folks, watching Bridge on the River Kwai will not prepare you for the brutality and inhumanity of the horrors Laura Hillenbrand brings to life here. Now, this is a gripping adventure story, well told, one that is hard to put down. But I had to put this book down in a couple places here, the story was that brutally true.

A tale of unbelievable endurance, hardship and heroism. A real page turner, extremely well written and readable.
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2010 10:19:53 AM PDT
L. Shirley says:
Always glad to see your new reviews Wulfstan -
this one especially - my dad flew in the pacific -
Looks like a 5 star but tough to take read and excellent tribute to our Greatest Generation
Recently I read Flyboys by James Bradley - also great but very tough to take and like you I had to take some breaks.

Great Review - I'll look for this one
Thanks

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 1:50:02 PM PDT
I prefer to avoid brutality and inhumanity in my reading, but you've made this sounds like a valuable addition to WW lit. Nice job.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 3:38:33 PM PDT
Kcorn says:
You've convinced me to buy this one. As soon as you noted that it was written by the author of "Seabiscuit", I was already intrigued. Your description now compels me to purchase this. Since you like this one, might I suggest the movie "John Rabe"? While it has a different perspective and focuses on German, Japanese and Chinese relations, it is an excellent character study and a sleeper of a film. It is subtitled, however, so if that puts you off you might not want to give it a chance.

In any case, I thoroughly appreciated your review.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2010 8:05:16 AM PDT
Wulfstan says:
Yes, that was tough reading too, but I think this tops it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2010 8:06:56 AM PDT
Wulfstan says:
I added John Rabe to my wishlist, sounds good, thanks!

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 3:56:13 PM PDT
Hey, WULFY, congrats on making the top 1000! That is so cool... I'm proud of you. You're actually 859 now, so that must have been a little leap!!!! Hugs and thanks for this interesting review... Good job, as always...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2010 7:21:03 PM PDT
Wulfstan says:
Yes, I had a little luck on a couple of reviews. Thanks!

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 2:01:17 PM PDT
I usually stick to mysteries but this one seems worth checking out. Wulfstan you have a knack with words.
Mike

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 4:36:26 PM PST
Lynne E. says:
Excellent concise review. I'll look for this when it comes out in paperback.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 7:39:33 AM PST
KrsTea says:
I love your review, it grabbed me and pulled me in. Adding this book to my list now! Thanks so much!
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