The title for the #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram feature is UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION by Laura Hillenbrand.
Eighty-five percent of the Amazon reviews for this book are five-star, and it stands as an Editor’s Pick. Nonfiction isn’t something I gravitate toward, though I enjoy it, but this book was hard to put down.
Unbroken recounts the story of Louis Zamperini, “an incorrigible delinquent” who “channeled his defiance into running,” which took him to the Berlin Olympics. But then, World War II began, and Louis “became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight” in May 1943.” Zamperini survived (that’s not a spoiler!), and the story of his survival begins.
I’m pretty sure I read this book thanks to a now-defunct book club. As book clubs are wont to do, we often focused less on the book and more on life, but if I remember correctly, the people in the club agreed that this story was engaging and astounding. It generated discussion about the capabilities of us as humans as well as about an era (World War II) that none of us had lived through.
The book was nominated for an won multiple awards: Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Biography (2010), Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee, Young Adults (2014), Indies Choice Book Award, Nonfiction (2011), Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee, Nonfiction (2011), Lincoln Award Nominee (2015), Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee, Nonfiction (2012), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee, History and Biography (2010). If you’re into history and unbelievable stories, I’d suggest picking this one up.
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