Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Enjoyable book about Louie Zamperini’s tragic involvement in the Pacific theater of WWII. Louie’s a track star who competes in the Berlin 1936 Olympics (and Tokyo was slated for 1940 but bowed out… how did Axis countries corner the Olympic market during that time? Or was there something about the pomp and pageantry that particularly fit well with Germany and Japan during that time?). WWII breaks out, and Louie enlists. Eventually his plane goes down in the Pacific, and he and two other men battle sun, starvation and thirst in liferafts for almost three months before being captured (although one of the men dies on the raft). Japanese POW camp horrors described in great detail. Eventual liberation post-Hiroshima/Nagasaki, then Louie struggles with alcoholism and plotting to kill the psychotic camp commander, Bird, who nearly drove him insane.
Page 40, we see the crossover between this and Hillenbrand’s previous book: “The only runner who could beat him, the coach said, was Seabiscuit. ”